The 21st Endoscopy 2018 Conference saw a culmination of international and national experts. Dr Michel Kahaleh, Chief of Endoscopy Robertwood Johnson University, Canada, highlighted the Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD).
“The future of surgery is endoscopy and the future of endoscopy is endoscopic ultrasound,” said Dr Kahaleh.
The ESD technique is widely used in the western countries to dissect early stage tumours.
As per Dr Kahaleh, “For early stage cancers, it is the best technique which has gained immense popularity. Last year, he spoke about Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM). It is an endoscopic procedure used to treat swallowing disorders, most commonly for Achalasia.”
He further said, “The Japanese invented this technique and it has helped in developing other techniques like ESD, which has now become vital for early cancer treatment.”
“Though these kinds of techniques are expensive in India, many hospitals and doctors in the country are using it to better treat the patients,” said Dr Kahaleh.
ESD is practiced widely in India. In BIDS, it is routinely done, avoiding major surgery thereby reducing hospital stay morbidity and mortality.