Endoscopic mucosal resection or emr uses a specially designed endoscope or colonoscope to remove suspect tissue or polyps from your esophagus or colon the tissue or polyp is first injected with a solution that raises a blister allowing your doctor to remove the tissue without damaging the rest of the esophagus or colon the solution also helps decrease bleeding. Endoscopic mucosal resection can also be used to either debulk or completely treat polypoid dysplastic or malignant lesions in barretts esophagus the known precursor lesion to esophageal adenocarcinoma in a preliminary report from germany it was performed as primary treatment or adjunctive therapy following photodynamic therapy for early adenocarcinomas in barretts esophagus the suck and cut technique both with and without prior saline injection was used as well as . Endoscopic mucosal resection emr is one of the simplest methods of endoscopic resection it is a procedure that is easily taught and can be mastered by anyone possessing endoscopy skills however these techniques require a diligent approach to a labor intensive treatment regimen in contrast to an episode of surgery emr typically requires 1 or more resection episodes followed by ablation . Endoscopic mucosal resection or emr is a therapeutic technique that helps remove precancerous and early stage cancer lesions during an upper endoscopy or colonoscopy this technique is a less invasive alternative to surgery heres what you need to know if you are preparing for an emr when is an endoscopic mucosal resection used
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