About Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)

EMR refers to the radical removal of the mucosal layer of the gastrointestinal tract. It is used for the curative treatment of “early” cancers of the esophagus, stomach, and colon as well as Barrett’s esophagus associated with high-grade dysplasia. EMR is used in the colon for the removal of flat polyps. An EMR procedure typically takes 30-60 minutes and an ESD procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes.  Anesthesia is usually Deep Sedation with propofol.  The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.