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Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)

Endoscopic mucosal resection is a treatment used to remove precancerous or cancerous cells in the oesophagus or stomach

About

EMR is an endoscopic procedure on the lining of the oesophagus (food pipe) or stomach. It is sometimes carried out to remove precancerous or early stage cancerous growths in this area. Our expert gastroenterologists are able to assist to support your recovery through diagnosis and MR treatment.

Need to know

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    The procedure can be carried out under deep sedation or general anaesthetic. Your consultant surgeon may then do the following: - Once you are asleep or sedated, an endoscope (small tube with a camera on the end) will be passed down your throat. - A fluid is injected around the cancerous cells using the endoscope. This area will then be more visible compared to other tissue cells. - Your endoscopist removes the damaged tissue by EMR, which usually involves a small rubber band being placed over the area before removal with an electrified wire. The procedure normally lasts around 30 minutes.
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you might have. In order to prepare you may be asked to: - Provide your consultant with detailed information on your medical history. This can include previous surgeries, other conditions you might have and any medication you are taking. - Follow advice on food and drink intake prior to the procedure.
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    Immediately after EMR you will remain in hospital until the anaesthetic has worn off. When your consultant is satisfied you will be allowed to go home. It is likely they will recommend you avoid certain activities like driving for at least 24 hours. You may experience slight side effects as a result of sedation. This can include nausea, tiredness and/or a sore throat. Your consultant will arrange a follow-up appointment with you as part of your recovery process.
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Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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    London Digestive Health

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 7616 7645

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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