Colon polypectomy

Colonic polypectomy

A procedure to remove potentially cancerous polyps from inside the large intestine

What is a polypectomy?

A polyp is a small growth of tissue commonly found in the colon (large intestine), as well as other organs. Some types of polyps can develop into cancer.

A colon polypectomy is the removal of polyps from the inside lining of the colon. Most polyps can be removed during
a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy.

A colonoscopy looks at the inside of your colon (large bowel) using a flexible tube with a camera on the end (colonoscope). When a polyp is found the consultant removes it using the colonoscope, which has a wire with an electric current to either burn off or hook the polyp.

During a sigmoidoscopy, a consultant looks into your rectum and sigmoid colon (the part of the large intestine closest to the anus), using an instrument called a sigmoidoscope. If a polyp is found it can be removed by passing a thin hooking instrument down a side channel of the sigmoidoscope.

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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.
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