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American Family Children's Hospital

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)

UW Health Digestive Health Service specialists in Madison, Wisconsin, provide comprehensive clinical services related to the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, anorectum, liver, gallbladder/biliary tree and pancreas, including endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) to remove cancerous or other abnormal tissues from the digestive tract.


About Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)


Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is a procedure used to remove cancerous or other abnormal tissues from the digestive tract, including the upper digestive tract and colon. During the EMR procedure, physicians pass a tube (endoscope) through the patient's throat to the esophagus, stomach and small intestine, or through the patient's anus to the colon.


The tube has a light and lens that allow physicians to see cancerous tissue. The tube also features an instrument physicians use to remove any abnormal tissue.


When is endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) used?


EMR is used to remove deeper sections of the esophageal lining instead of using ablation, which only treats the surface lining of the esophagus. EMR can also be used as a less-invasive alternative for removing early stage esophageal cancers when traditional surgery is not an option for the patient.


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