Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD) of Early Gastric Cancer
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s newest treatment for removing early stage gastric cancers is Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection, or ESD. Using a unique three-step technique, highly trained gastrointestinal surgeons are able to eliminate cancerous tumors or lesions without a surgical incision. ESD has become an important, safe alternative to surgery for removing early cancer in the digestive tract.
Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)
An Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, or EMR, is a minimally invasive procedure to remove cancerous or precancerous tissue from the digestive tract. Using a thin tube called an endoscope, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s surgeons can inspect abnormal tissue in the digestive tract and use instruments to remove it if necessary.
Esophageal Stent Placement
Patients having difficulty swallowing because of esophageal cancer, or another health problem causing blocking in the esophagus, may benefit from the placement of an esophageal stent. During the procedure, physicians place a hollow tube, called a stent, in the esophagus to open the passageway and enable swallowing. For patients dealing with a narrowed or blocked esophagus, the placement of an esophageal stent has the potential to increase independence and quality of life.
Pancreatic Pseudocyst Drainage
A pancreatic pseudocyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms in the abdomen that can cause nausea, abdominal pain or fever. Using a collaborative approach, doctors at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare can drain the cyst to therapeutically alleviate symptoms experienced by the patient.
Celiac Plexus Neurolysis / Celiac Plexus Block
Patients suffering from abdominal pain caused by cancer or chronic pancreatitis may benefit from Celiac Plexus Block treatment at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. The celiac plexus is a group of nerves that supply organs in the abdomen. During a procedure that takes only 30 minutes, Physicians inject the celiac plexus with numbing medication to relieve pain and increase the quality of day-to-day living.