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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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Is endoscopic mucosal resection for a flat difficult colon polyp more dangerous that traditional surgery to remove that section of the colon?

Is endoscopic mucosal resection for a flat difficult colon polyp more dangerous that traditional surgery to remove that section of the colon?

Polyp: Endoscpic mucosal resection is safe in the proper hands. It is an outpatient procedure and does not require general amesthesia, follow up dpends on histopathology. ...Read more

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When are the colon polyps considered dangerous? What can be done in treating a large polyp, just surgery?

Adenomas: During colonoscopy, one cannot tell whether a polyp is benign, pre-cancerous (adenomas) or malignant - so polyps are removed for pathology. When small, polyps are removed as a whole. In larger polyps, these can be challenging to remove, pieces are often taken and if cancerous, then surgery is required. In some cases, endoscopic submucosal dissection, an advanced technique can be attempted. ...Read more

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Why would section of colon need to be removed surgically if polyps are found?

Why would section of colon need to be removed surgically if polyps are found?

Prevention: Polyps have a propensity to develop into malignancy. If you have a section of bowel that is full of polyps, it is thought that removal of the section may avoid cancer development. ...Read more

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I have a colon polyp that needs to be removed surgically what is the process?

Your doctor will exp: I am sure your doctor would be happy to explain. Surgical removal means an operation to remove the polyp. There are two types of operation: open surgery or laparoscopic surgery(this one is a mini operation with smaller cuts as compared to open surgery which is a bigger cut). But talk it over with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Need help when polyps are removed from the colon are they checked to be cancerous immediately?

Need help when polyps are removed from the colon are they checked to be cancerous immediately?

Yes: Your doctor typically would submit the polyps to the pathologist same day and the reports hould be available within a week or10 days. ...Read more

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When polyps are removed from the colon are they checked immediately?

Not usually: Polyps are usually sent to a pthology lab, where they are processed, fixed in preservative, cut, stained and then 'read' by a pathologist. This takes time, especially if you want them to be accurate in their diagnosis, but depending on the size, location, lab, etc, the results are usually back in 3-7 days. Ask your doc how long his specimens usually take to get an idea as it varies widely. ...Read more

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How do you remove colon polyps?

How do you remove  colon polyps?

By scope vs. surgery: If your colon polyps are identified colonoscopically, they can be removed piecemeal by cold biopsy, or cauterized by wrapping a snare around the polyp & adding electricity. Even large polyps can be colonoscopically removed in their entirety by emr (endoscopic mucosal resection). Invasive adenomas, dysplastic polyps, & frank malignancies may require surgery (usually laparoscopic). ...Read more

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Can colon polyps be easily removed?

Can colon polyps be easily removed?

Yes and No: Removal of colon polyps depend on their size. Smaller polyps with a narrow base can usually be removed easily at the time of colonoscopy. Larger polyps, and those with a broader base cannot be completely removed by colonoscopy at times, and may require colon resection. ...Read more

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Do all colon polyps need removed? If not why?

Do all colon polyps need removed? If not why?

Yes: All colon polyps need to be removed because they are the most common cause of colon cancer. Most cancers start in a polyp, that is why screening reduces the risk of colon cancer. ...Read more

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How long a colon polyps take to grow back, after it is removed?

How long a colon polyps take to grow back, after it is removed?

Variable: Exact rate;density of polyp growth to malignant transformation is virtually unknown due to so many variables, earlier studies the mean doubling time 130 days (53-1570) 5mm polyps increases size 5-9mmm mean mass decreases as some of the polyps spontaneously regress. If polyp is removed completely will not come back in the same spot. ...Read more

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Can you answer, is six colon polyps removed unusual for a 28 year old?

Unusual: Unless you have had prior polyps, family history of polyps or colon cancer, history of colitis. That being said unusual but not unheard of or rare. Be sure to follow the recommendations for follow up scope schedules from your doctor. ...Read more

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When polyps are removed from the colon, are they checked for cancer right away?

When polyps are removed from the colon, are they checked for cancer right away?

Yes: Any tissue removed is submitted for microscopic analysis. If the doctor suspects cancer then he/she may ask for a "frozen section" which allows the tissue to be examined immediately by the pathologist. ...Read more

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Is having six colon polyps removed unusual for someone who is just 28 years old?

Somewhat: Depends, if they were all small polyps with biopsy showing that they were hyperplastic polyps they have little significance, if however they are large (greater that .5 cm to 1cm) and adenomas that would be unusual and would require close follow up. ...Read more

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Had colon sscope done 2 polyps removed. How long does it takes to know results from pathologist?

Usually fast: Normally less than a week. It may depend on where you live and if the specimen had to be sent out. After a week call your doctor if you are worried and have not heard. ...Read more

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I have recurring precancerous polyps in my colon that are removed every two years. Is there anyway to stop this? Would radiation help in this stage?

I have recurring precancerous polyps in my colon that are removed every two years.  Is there anyway to stop this? Would radiation help in this stage?

Yes/no: There are studies suggesting that daily Aspirin reduces the risk of polyps and colorectal cancer. Remember, though, that Aspirin has side effects so discuss it with your doc before starting. Healthy eating and exercise may reduce the risk of getting cancer as well. Finally, you may need to see a specialist in cancer genetics to see if you need genetic testing and/or other risk reduction... ...Read more

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What can be used by doctors to remove colon polyps?

Colonoscopy: At colonoscopy several types of tools are used through the scope to 'bite off' or 'lassoo' and remove the polyps. ...Read more

Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more


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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more