EMR (Endoscopic Mucosal Resection) Specialist

Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates -  - Board Certified Gastroenterologist

Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates

Board Certified Gastroenterologists & Hepatologists located in Watkinsville, GA

If you’re at risk of gastrointestinal cancer or have symptoms of GI cancer, board-certified gastroenterologist Minesh Mehta, MD, of Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates in Watkinsville, Georgia, is here for you. Dr. Mehta offers endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) to diagnose and treat GI issues, restore your quality of life, and prevent complications. Call the office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.


What is endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)?

Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is a procedure in which Dr. Mehta at Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates removes early-stage cancer or other tissue abnormalities from your digestive tract. He completes the procedure using a long, thin, lighted tube with a camera (endoscope) attached for optimal precision and accuracy.

Why might I need EMR?

Dr. Mehta may recommend EMR if you experience symptoms of GI cancer/gastric cancer, including malignant colon polyps, or you’re at risk of developing it. Symptoms that can indicate gastrointestinal cancer or other GI problems include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Stool changes
  • Blood in your stool

During the procedure, Dr. Mehta can remove suspicious-looking tissue that may indicate early cancer or precancerous lesions. 

Is EMR right for me?

To find out if endoscopic mucosal resection is the right procedure for you, Dr. Mehta discusses your medical history and symptoms. He completes a physical exam and might recommend you undergo urine tests, blood tests, MRIs, ultrasounds, endoscopy, colonoscopy, or other imaging or diagnostic procedures.

How should I prepare for EMR?

Follow all of Dr. Mehta’s instructions prior to undergoing endoscopic mucosal resection. Stop taking medications if he asks you to, arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure, fast before the EMR, and clean out your colon with a laxative if needed.

What should I expect during the procedure?

During an EMR procedure, you change into a hospital gown and lie on your side on a comfortable exam table. You might receive a local anesthetic or numbing spray to numb your throat, along with sedation to relax you.

Dr. Mehta inserts an endoscope through your throat or rectum, lifts and cuts targeted lesions, and removes suspicious-looking tissue.

What happens after endoscopic mucosal resection?

After an EMR procedure, you rest in a recovery area until the sedation wears off. Have a friend or family member drive you home and follow all post-care instructions regarding eating, drinking, and resuming normal daily activities.

You might experience a sore throat, gas, bloating, cramping, drowsiness, nausea, or vomiting after the procedure, but these side effects are temporary.

Dr. Mehta reviews the results of your EMR and lets you know if you need additional diagnostic tests or treatment.

To learn more about endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and find out if it’s right for you, call the Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates office or schedule an appointment online today.



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