A polyp is a mass of cells that appears on the lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Early diagnosis of these polyps and their removal can help in the prevention and management of cancers and limit progression.

Advanced polyp resection techniques are used to remove polyps from the GI tract and to retrieve tissue samples for analysis to help doctors determine the course of treatment.

Our team of North American and European Certified gastroenterologists utilize advanced endoscopic procedures to excise tumors and prevent cancer. These include:

  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)
  • Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD)
  • Endoscopic Full Thickness Resection (EFTR)

Physicians often prefer these endoscopic polyp resection procedures as they require shorter treatment time, provide easy access to tumors deep within the walls of the GI tract, facilitate faster recovery, and cause minimal discomfort for the patient.

What does the procedure treat?

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)

EMR is a procedure that helps doctors remove tumors just beneath the GI wall without surgery and can also be used to treat Barrett’s esophagus, precancerous tumors such as gastric or small intestine lesions, and early-stage esophageal cancer or colon cancer.

Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD)

ESD is a procedure often used to extract deeper tumors from the GI tract and can also be used to treat early cancers of the esophagus, early-stage cancerous tumors or colon polyps, low-risk tumors of the esophagus, stomach, or colon that have not penetrated the deeper layers of the GI wall and staging of cancer to help physicians develop suitable treatment plans.

Endoscopic Full Thickness Resection (EFTR)

EFTR is an endoscopic procedure that helps remove growths deep in the walls of the GI tract without the need for surgery and can also be used to treat GI bleeding, post-surgical complications such as perforations or tears, the removal of polyps in the stomach, small bowel, or colon, and chronic fistula.

How is the procedure performed?

The Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR), Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD), and Endoscopic Full Thickness Resection (EFTR) are all performed using an endoscope, a minimally-invasive flexible tube-like imaging tool that provides clear and detailed images of the polyp for observation and assists in removing the polyp.

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