Endoscopic Mucosal Resection in Louisiana

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Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is an outpatient approach that lets doctors to extract tumors located just below the intestinal wall without the need for an operation. Using an endoscope (a flexible, cylindrical instrument), our GastroGroup & Endocenter gastroenterologists (physicians who specialize in handling the GI system) can view within the body with a major level of detail. At the same time, they can extract growths, such as upper GI or colon tumors, that could otherwise need surgery. The majority of patients get back home the same day. Because there is no incision, you may recover quicker, and with minimal discomfort when compared to traditional or laparoscopic operations. If you need to request an endoscopic mucosal resection in Louisiana, or another procedure intended to treat the GI tract, please get in touch with our team.

This procedure is a minimally intrusive alternative to an operation for removing irregular tissues from the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Your doctor could recommend the process to remove certain early-level cancers or precancerous tumors.

Some of the troubles that EMR has been utilized to handle include:

  • Colorectal polyps
  • Noncancerous nodules of the uterus (leiomyomas)
  • Colon cancer
  • Gastric (stomach) cancer
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Cancer of the small intestine (duodenum)

If you have any of the above ailments and desire to find out additional information about this process, contact our GI team as soon as possible.

Potential difficulties associated with endoscopic mucosal resection procedures include:

  • Puncture (perforation): There is a tiny danger of a puncture through the wall of the digestive tract, based on the proportions and placement of the lesion that is removed.
  • Bleeding: This is the most standard difficulty and can usually be identified and corrected during the procedure.
  • Tapering of the esophagus: Withdrawing certain esophageal lesions can raise the danger of scarring, which narrows the esophagus. This could lead to difficulty swallowing and necessitate more treatment.

Contact your Louisiana gastrointestinal physician or get urgent care if you develop any of the listed signs or symptoms after you receive an endoscopic mucosal resection:

  • Chills
  • Chest or abdominal discomfort
  • Fever
  • Bright red blood in the stool
  • Throwing up
  • Fainting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Black stool

An additional meeting with your GI specialist at GastroGroup & Endocenter will be scheduled to review the results of your endoscopic mucosal resection and the findings of any laboratory tests done on tissue samples. Some questions to raise with your doctor include:

  • Do I need to see a cancer doctor (oncologist)?
  • Were you able to eliminate all anomalous tissue?
  • If I have cancer, will I require additional treatments?
  • What were the results of the laboratory tests? Do I have cancer?
  • How will you watch my health?

Typically, you will have a supplementary upper endoscopy or colonoscopy a few months after your endoscopic mucosal resection to be sure the lesion is gone. During your first procedure, your specialist could stain the section of the eliminated growth with ink (tattoo) so that the area can be easily inspected during any future procedures. The needs for additional appointments depend on the conclusions of these results.

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In the event your physician recommends the endoscopic mucosal resection for treating a gastrointestinal tract condition, then you can have confidence the expert gastroenterologists at GastroGroup & Endocenter to supply you with the most advanced and sympathetic care possible. An endoscopic mucosal resection with our Louisiana team can help provide a minimally intrusive alternative to surgery for removing unusual or possibly cancerous tissue. To hear additional information concerning this and other procedures to address your GI system ailment, please speak with our staff today.

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