What is a colon polypectomy?
The colon is another name for your large intestine, the final part of your digestive system. Most colon cancers start out as small growths (polyps) which form on the lining of the large intestine. During a colonoscopy (one type of colorectal cancer screening test) a doctor can find and remove any polyps in the large intestine. This is called a polypectomy. The removal of polyps causes no pain, and keeps cancer from developing.
What does a colon polypectomy involve?
You will be given medication to make you relaxed and drowsy (some patients even fall asleep during the procedure).
Your doctor will slowly guide the colonoscope through the entire length of the large intestine, which will take about a half-hour. He or she will view the inside of your large intestine on the television monitor, and use a tiny forceps to take a biopsy, or tissue sample, of anything that looks out of the ordinary.
Because there is no way to tell if a polyp will or won't develop into cancer, a doctor removes any polyps he or she finds during a colonoscopy. This removal causes no pain. On occasion, the doctor can remove small early cancerous (malignant) growths in the same manner.
How long is the recovery after a colonoscopy and polypectomy?
You will need some time in the recovery room for the effects of the pain medication to wear off. You will not be alert enough to drive on your own, so make sure a family member or friend can take you home. Plan on resting for the remainder of the day, and eat lightly at first. Minor symptoms such as gas or bloating will disappear within 24 hours.
Using computer-controlled electrocautery current, the base of the polyp is first cauterized to prevent bleeding and then the stalk beneath is severed with the wire loop..
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