St. Lucie

Gastrointestinal Diseases, PL

Dr. Khiem Nguyen

Polyps


The excessive growth of cells in the colon or large intestine. They can also occur in the stomach and other parts of the GI tract.

Types of Polyps


Hyperplastic

This harmless form of polyp does not become cancerous.

Adenomatous

The most common form of polyp. While happening rarely, this type of polyp can become cancerous before age 30 and occurs more frequently with increase in age.

Polyps occur four times more frequently in men than in women.

It is important to note that most polyps and cancers do not cause any symptoms. Only in rare occurrences will they cause bleeding.

If you have a family history of polyps and especially cancer, you need to be examined as these conditions can be hereditary.

Treatment

Polyps can be removed successfully with a colonoscopy.

A colonoscope is a flexible tube containing a camera and a light at its tip, with a channel for instruments to remove the polyps.

The polyp is painlessly removed and retrieved. This is often an outpatient procedure. You will be able to go home the same day after the procedure. Only in rare occasions is hospital admission is required.

Medications for sedation will be provided for your comfort. They are well tolerated and commonly used for these types of outpatient procedures.

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Disclaimer

This section is as reference guide only. The information contained herein should not be used as or construed to be a diagnosis or used in place of a visit to a physician.

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