Colon Polyps

What are Colon and Rectal Polyps?

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Colon and Rectal Polyps Colon and rectal polyps are growths arising from the lining of the large intestine or the rectuml. Polyps are the most common condition affecting the colon and rectum. They appear in about 15 to 20 percent of adults. Some polyps are flat, while others protrude from the lining of the colon. Polyps of the colon and rectum are usually benign, which means they are not cancerous. Typically, polyps do not cause symptoms.

Diagnosing Colon Polyps
Polyps are diagnosed, and removed, during a colonoscopy. Dr. Ahmed removes colon polyps during this procedure and a pathologist evaluates the tissue to determine the polyp type.

The main treatment for colon polyps is to completely remove them during a colonoscopy. If the polyp is very large or is cancerous/precancerous, sometimes the patient will be referred to a surgeon for surgical removal.

It is uncommon for colon polyps to recur once removed. However, patients who have had polyps are more likely to develop more. Because of this, patient with a history of certain types of polyps are recommended to have more frequent screening colonoscopies.