A 48-year-old female asked:
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i have a colon polyp that needs to be removed surgically but the doctor's first appointment is not till may. is this too long to wait?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Yes. : While your biopsy result may have been benign, we sometimes find cancers when removing the entire polyp. If your appt isn't till may, your surgery could be 6-8 weeks away. That is simply too long to wait with this "cloud" of a possible cancer hanging over you. Ask your primary care doctor to contact that surgeon to get an earlier appt. If that's not possible, find another surgeon. Good luck!
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
52 years experience General Practice
No really: The polyp has taken months to years to develop, and a few more weeks will not be significant. Most likely, but not certainly, is benign.
Answered on Feb 27, 2017
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Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Depends: Depends on size, shape, initial biopsy results, etc. Ask the GI doc who did procedure re: urgency of surgery.
Answered on Nov 23, 2016
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