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