Endoscopic Mucosal Resection in New Orleans, LA

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Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is an outpatient procedure that lets specialists extract tumors just below the intestinal wall without the need for surgery. Utilizing an endoscope (a pliable, tube-like device), our Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates gastroenterologists (physicians who specialize in treating the GI system) can view inside the body with a high level of detail. In the same procedure, they can withdraw growths, such as upper GI or colon tumors, that may otherwise require an operation. The majority of people return home once the procedure is complete. Since there is no incision, you might recuperate quicker, and with reduced pain compared to traditional or laparoscopic surgery. If you need to schedule an endoscopic mucosal resection in New Orleans, LA or a different test used to handle the gastrointestinal tract, please contact our team today to request a consultation.

This procedure is a minimally invasive alternative to an operation for removing abnormal tissues from the lining of the digestive tract. Your provider might suggest this approach to address certain initial-stage cancers or precancerous tumors.

A few of the ailments that EMR has been used to address include:

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

If you have any of the listed ailments and would like additional information about this test, get in touch with a local Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates without delay.

Potential complications of endoscopic mucosal resection procedures include:

  • Bleeding: This is the most common problem and can oftentimes be found and corrected during the process.
  • Constricting of the esophagus: Removing certain esophageal tumors can enhance the danger of scarring, which constricts the esophagus. This may lead to trouble swallowing and require more treatment.
  • Puncture (perforation): There is a slight danger of a puncture through the wall of the gastrointestinal tract, depending on the size and location of the growth that is removed.

Connect with your New Orleans, LA gastrointestinal provider or get emergency care if you experience any of the listed signs or symptoms after you undergo an endoscopic mucosal resection:

  • Bright red blood in the stool
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Trouble breathing
  • Throwing up
  • Black stool
  • Chest or abdominal discomfort
  • Passing out

You’ll have a reexamination with your GI specialist at Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates to discuss the outcome of your endoscopic mucosal resection and the findings of any lab exams done on tissue samples. A few questions to discuss with your specialist are:

  • Do I need to see a cancer physician (oncologist)?
  • What were the results of the laboratory exams? Do I have cancer?
  • If I have cancer, will I need further treatments?
  • Were you able to withdraw all abnormal tissue?
  • How will you check my status?

As a general rule, you will undergo a supplementary colonoscopy or upper endoscopy a couple of months after your procedure to be sure the whole lesion is removed. During your first procedure, your specialist might stain the section of the removed lesion with ink (tattoo) so that the area can be readily checked during any future procedures. The need for additional appointments will depend on the results of these findings.

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If your provider recommends an endoscopic mucosal resection for addressing a GI condition, then you can trust the proficient gastroenterologists at Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates to provide you with the most state-of-the-art and patient-centric care available. An endoscopic mucosal resection with our New Orleans, LA team can help offer a minimally invasive alternative to surgery for eliminating abnormal or possibly cancerous tissue. To learn more regarding this or other procedures to address your GI health, please connect with our staff today.

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