A 67-year-old male asked:
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doctor removed 18 polyps last colonoscopy, next colonoscopy if find any might need surgery to remove section of colon! what if i elect non-surgery?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
64 years experience Surgical Oncology
May spread: depending on nature of polyps, inflammatory or early malignant, surgery may be needed if recurrent lesion noted. Endoscopy effective if stalk of polyp not invaded. If multiple polyps appear in a field, this represents early changes in the field that by itself can eventually lead to the development of an invasive carcinoma. Depending on findings of next colonoscopy decision should be discussed.
Answered on Feb 17, 2015

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