A polypectomy is a procedure used to remove polyps from the inner linings of the large intestine or colon. A polyp is an abnormal collection of tissue that may be cancerous, or that need to be examined.
These polyps are usually benign but can grow larger and cause rectal bleeding, bowel issues, and stomach pain. If left untreated these polyps can become cancerous over time.
Polypectomy is usually performed during colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, if discovered during screening. The right technique to remove the polyp depends on the size and location of the polyp.
Once a polyp has been removed, the doctor will usually send the polyp to the laboratory to be tested if the polyp is cancerous.
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