About Polyps RemovalColon polyps are comprised of a small gathering of cells along the inner colon lining. Although most polyps are not harmful, others can be pre-cancerous. Most gastrointestinal specialists will recommend having a polyps removal procedure to avoid any other serious conditions from occurring as a result of the polyps.
While anyone is able to develop colon polyps, it is most commonly found in individuals who are older than 50 years of age. Those who smoke, are overweight, eat a low-fiber, high-fat diet or that have a family history of colon cancer or polyps are also at higher risk for developing colon polyps. Having them removed is essential in maintaining a healthy environment within your lower gastrointestinal tract.
Causes of PolypsPolys are formed as a result of cells growing abnormally within the lower GI tract. While normal cells replicate in a controlled and organized fashion, abnormal cell reproduction is unregulated and leads to the formation of polyps along the inner lining of the large intestine. Risk factors such as weight, diet, race, and inherited gene mutations may also play a role in whether or not you will develop a colon polyp.
Common Symptoms of Polyps RemovalHow do you know if you need a polyps removal procedure? If you are experiencing any of these common symptoms, call miVIP right away.
- Bloody Stools: Blood may appear in your stools indicating any number of problems.
- Rectal Bleeding: If you notice any bright red blood after having a bowel movement, you should discuss it with your physician.
- Diarrhea or Constipation: Any change in bowel conditions can cause constipation or diarrhea.
- Painful Obstructions: Often times, a large polyp may obstruct the bowel, causing painful abdominal cramping.
Treating PolypsThere are several ways to remove colon polyps from the body. Our professional surgeons at miVIP use cutting-edge technology to perform the following procedures.
- Colonoscopy: During a colonoscopy procedure, polyps are removed using an endoscopic technique. Tissue samples are also taken in order to be further tested for cancer. This minimally invasive diagnostic procedure is recommended for those over the age of 50, or sooner in individuals who have a family history of polyps or cancer.
- Polypectomy: A minimally-invasive polypectomy procedure is performed after a polyp has been found to be cancerous. It is only through testing a tissue sample taken from the polyp that the surgeons can determine whether or not it is cancerous. Having a polypectomy procedure will help to prevent the spread of cancer to surrounding areas of the body.