HCA UK's experts can help to diagnose and treat a range of tissue growths, including polyps.

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At HCA UK, our team of experts specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of tissue growths, including polyps. A polyp (also called an adenoma) is a small growth of cells that are found in the inner lining of organs such as the bowel, stomach and bladder.

Need to know

Although most polyps are benign (non-cancerous), if some are not removed then they can grow bigger and become malignant (cancerous), and will require additional treatment.

Polyps are most common in those aged 50 years old and over. Poor diet, smoking and obesity can increase your risk of developing polyps.

Some polyps don’t cause symptoms. The most common symptoms (depending on the location of the polyps) include:

  • Pain in the abdomen (tummy)
  • Bleeding from the rectum (bottom)
  • Change in bowel and bladder habits (blood in your stools or urine)
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Hearing loss
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding

Your GP or consultant will discuss your symptoms with you. Tests they may recommend include:

  • X-Ray, ultrasound scan, CT scan or MRI scan to detect polyps in your organs
  • biopsy, where a small amount of cells are removed from the polyp for analysis
  • colonoscopy, where a flexible tube with a camera is used to look inside your colon for polyps. If any are found, they can be removed immediately.
  • upper endoscopy, where the upper part of your abdominal tract and stomach are examined using a long thin tube called an endoscope
  • hysteroscopy, a procedure where the inside of the uterus (womb) is examined.

Treatment options for polyps depend on the nature and cause of your condition.

Treatments your GP or consultant may recommend include:

  • Polypectomy, a surgical procedure that uses a thin and flexible instrument or small graspers to remove the polyp
  • Transurethral Bladder Resection (TURBT), where bladder polyps are removed through the urethra (the tube that carries urine)
  • Colonoscopy

Types of polyps

Colon or bowel polyps

Polyps of the colon occur in the lining of the bowel (large intestine) or rectum (bottom).

Nasal polyps

Nasal polyps are present in the lining of the nasal passage inside the nose.

Stomach polyps

Stomach polyps are found in the lining of the stomach (tummy).

Ear polyps

Ear polyps (sometimes called cholesteatoma) are a collection of cells that are found in the lining of the ear canal.

Bladder polyps

Bladder polyps are growths that are found on the lining of the bladder.

Uterine polyps

Uterine polyps (also known as endometrial polyps) are found on the lining of the uterus (womb).

Our Polyps locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
Walk-In GP Centre at London Bridge Hospital

Walk-In GP Centre at London Bridge Hospital

29 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.