Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. for men as well as women. A polypectomy can be a powerful tool to help lower this rate by detecting and removing polyps before they become cancerous.
In this blog, Manhattan gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony C. Borcich explains more about this procedure.
What is a polypectomy?
This procedure allows your doctor to remove polyps from the inner lining of your colon (which is also called the large intestine). These abnormal growths are usually harmless and often cause no symptoms, but some can develop into colon cancer over time. When discovered in its later stages, colon cancer can often be fatal, so it’s important to remove polyps while they’re in their early stages.
Although anyone can have colon polyps, you’re at greater risk of developing them if you smoke, are age 50 or older, or are overweight. A family history of colon polyps or colon cancer also increases your risk.
When is it performed?
A polypectomy is often performed during a colonoscopy, a screening test that allows your doctor to see the lining of your large intestine by using a colonoscope. This thin, flexible tube has miniature cameras and a light on its end, and it allows your doctor to check for polyps and other issues.
If your doctor sees polyps during your colonoscopy, a polypectomy can be performed during your procedure to remove them quickly and painlessly using electrosurgical techniques. The polyps will then be sent to a lab for testing in order to determine whether they’re pre-cancerous.
What can you expect?
Before your colonoscopy, your doctor will review and discuss your medical history with you, including any issues you’ve had and medicines you take. You’ll need to follow a laxative regimen at home in order to clean out your colon, which allows your doctor to spot polyps or other issues during your procedure.
You’ll be given a sedative during your colonoscopy, and if polyps are found, a polypectomy can also be performed. You’ll feel no discomfort during the procedure, which should take about 30 to 60 minutes.
You’ll be able to return home shortly afterward, but you’ll need someone to drive you home.
Where can I go for a polypectomy?
Dr. Borcich, a board-certified doctor in gastroenterology and internal medicine, has three decades of experience in providing thorough, compassionate care.
His practice utilizes the newest FUSE scope technology, which provides three-camera panoramic views for a thorough inspection during a colonoscopy/polypectomy. This technology has enabled Dr. Borcich’s practice to have the highest level of colon cancer screening in Manhattan.
If you’re over 50 or have risk factors for colon cancer, make an appointment today with Dr. Borcich. He can perform a colonoscopy, and if any polyps are spotted, they can be removed at the same time with a polypectomy.