11 doctors weighed in:

Do colon polyps hurt?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Most colon polyps are painless unless they are so big they cause constipation.
Also large colon polyps can transform to colon cancer.

In brief: No

Most colon polyps are painless unless they are so big they cause constipation.
Also large colon polyps can transform to colon cancer.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Dr. Kathleen Cullen
Internal Medicine

In brief: No

Colon polyps should not hurt.
That is why it is important for patients over 50 and especially if there is a family history to get a colonoscopy to screen for polyps. Other than occasionally bleeding from polyps or a change in bowel habitsmost people dont know they have them. Polyps can be benign or malignant in which case they must be removed before they can turn into cancer.

In brief: No

Colon polyps should not hurt.
That is why it is important for patients over 50 and especially if there is a family history to get a colonoscopy to screen for polyps. Other than occasionally bleeding from polyps or a change in bowel habitsmost people dont know they have them. Polyps can be benign or malignant in which case they must be removed before they can turn into cancer.
Dr. Kathleen Cullen
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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine

In brief: No

They do not typically cause pain, unless they are very very large (and this would be rare).
That is why colonoscopy as a screening tool for colon polyps is so important.

In brief: No

They do not typically cause pain, unless they are very very large (and this would be rare).
That is why colonoscopy as a screening tool for colon polyps is so important.
Dr. Paige Gutheil
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine

In brief: No

Not typically, unless they are pedunculated and either become pulled or twisted on its stalk.

In brief: No

Not typically, unless they are pedunculated and either become pulled or twisted on its stalk.
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine

In brief: No

The majority of colon polyps cause no pain.
As mentioned by my colleagues, if the polyp is large enough to cause an obstruction, then you may notice symptoms of obstruction (thin stool, constipation, possible bleeding, etc.) any change in your normal stool habits should be checked by your physician. In addition, the removal of polyps through a colonoscopy is also usually painless.

In brief: No

The majority of colon polyps cause no pain.
As mentioned by my colleagues, if the polyp is large enough to cause an obstruction, then you may notice symptoms of obstruction (thin stool, constipation, possible bleeding, etc.) any change in your normal stool habits should be checked by your physician. In addition, the removal of polyps through a colonoscopy is also usually painless.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine

In brief: No

The typical polyp is painless.

In brief: No

The typical polyp is painless.
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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine

In brief: No

Polyps do not hurt.
If a polyp has gotten huge, then it can block the passage of stool, called a bowel obstruction, and that can hurt. Having a polyp removed in colonoscopy also doesn't hurt. All people of average risk for colon cancer should be screened for the polyps at 50. It is important not to wait until some symptom makes you get checked.

In brief: No

Polyps do not hurt.
If a polyp has gotten huge, then it can block the passage of stool, called a bowel obstruction, and that can hurt. Having a polyp removed in colonoscopy also doesn't hurt. All people of average risk for colon cancer should be screened for the polyps at 50. It is important not to wait until some symptom makes you get checked.
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Dr. Don W Hodson
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Usually no. Only rarely when a polyp grows large enough to cause some obstruction to the colon.
Most are totally painless, sometimes precancerous, and are exactly the reason everyone over 50 years of age should have a colonoscopy screening for cancer.

In brief: Yes

Usually no. Only rarely when a polyp grows large enough to cause some obstruction to the colon.
Most are totally painless, sometimes precancerous, and are exactly the reason everyone over 50 years of age should have a colonoscopy screening for cancer.
Dr. Don W Hodson
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

Colonic polyps cause no pain.
This is why colonoscopies are so useful - you are looking for something that causes no overt symptom.

In brief: Yes

Colonic polyps cause no pain.
This is why colonoscopies are so useful - you are looking for something that causes no overt symptom.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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