What is a polypectomy?
A polypectomy is a procedure used to remove polyps from the inside of the colon, also called the large intestine. A polyp is an abnormal collection of tissue. The procedure is relatively noninvasive and is usually carried out at the same time as a colonoscopy.
What’s the purpose of a polypectomy?
Many tumors of the colon develop as a benign (noncancerous) growth before becoming malignant (cancerous).
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. This can prevent colon cancer.
Polyps aren’t often associated with any symptoms at all. However, larger polyps may cause:
A polypectomy would help relieve these symptoms as well. This procedure is required any time when polyps are discovered during a colonoscopy.
What’s the procedure?
A polypectomy is usually carried out at the same time as a colonoscopy. During a colonoscopy, a colonoscope will be inserted into your rectum so your doctor can see all segments of your colon. A colonoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with a camera and a light at the end of it.