A Polypectomy is procedure used by doctors to remove polyps from the inner linings of the large intestine/the colon. It is usually performed during colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy.
A colonoscopy is first done to detect the presence of any polyps. If any are detected, a polypectomy is performed and the tissue is removed.
The tissue will be examined to determine if the growths are cancerous, precancerous, or benign to prevent colon cancer.
Polyps can be small, large, sessile, or pedunculated. Sessile polyps are flat and don’t have a stalk. Pedunculated polyps grow on stalks like mushrooms.
For small polyps (less than 5mm in diameter), biopsy forceps can be used for removal. Larger polyps (up to 2cm in diameter) can be removed using a snare.
After the procedure, your Gastroenterologist will remove the colonoscope and give you a chance to change and rest.
The medical staff will give you instructions explaining what to expect and the symptoms to look out for.
Recovering After a Polypectomy
Recovery is generally quick. Minor side effects such as gassiness, bloating, and cramps usually resolve within 24 hours.
With a more involved procedure, a full recovery can take up to two weeks.
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