A polypectomy is the removal of polyps (or growths), usually from the colon or stomach. This treatment is often performed in conjunction with a colonoscopy or EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy), both of which are minimally-invasive treatments that do not require a hospital stay.
If polyps are discovered during the colonoscopy or EGD, there are a variety of methods your doctor can use to remove it. Common practices include using a wire loop to severe the polyp or using an electric current to burn the polyp off. The tissue that is removed will then be examined under a microscope to determine whether or not it is cancerous.
Risks of the procedure include bleeding at the removal site or perforation (puncture) of the surrounding area, both of which are rare occurrences.
What to Expect
Because polypectomies are usually performed during other procedures, you should follow the instructions given for those tests (see colonoscopy and EGD for more information). No additional preparation is necessary for a polypectomy. Your doctor may advise you to follow a special diet for a few days following polyp removal, however. If you see signs of internal bleeding, such as bloody or black stool, contact your doctor immediately as this could signal a serious complication.
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