Colon polyps are growths that develop on the lining of the large intestines. Though most often harmless, colon polyps may turn cancerous when left undetected and untreated. Experienced gastroenterologist Bharat Dasani, MD, and the team at GI Endoscopy Practice in Riverdale and Parsippany, New Jersey, specialize in diagnosing and treating colon polyps. Whether it’s time for your colon cancer screening or you have concerns about blood in your stool, call GI Endoscopy Practice or book an appointment online today.
Colon polyps are growths found on the lining of your large intestines. You can develop a colon polyp at any time, but they’re more common in people aged 50 and older.
You may be at greater risk of developing the growths if you’re a smoker, you’re overweight, or you have a family history of colon polyps.
Colon polyps are either non-neoplastic (noncancerous) or neoplastic (cancerous).
Non-neoplastic colon polyps include:
Adenomas and serrated types of polyps are neoplastic colon polyps. Typically, polyps that are large are more likely to be cancerous.
Colon polyps rarely cause symptoms. In most cases, colon polyps are found during a colon cancer screening or a colonoscopy.
Some signs and symptoms that may indicate you have a colon polyp include:
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact GI Endoscopy Practice to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Dasani.
In most cases, colon polyps are diagnosed after a colon cancer screening. Dr. Dasani offers colon cancer screening at his practice.
The types of screenings that may assist in the diagnosis of colon polyps include:
Though any of these tests can help the team at GI Endoscopy Practice diagnose colon polyps, the colonoscopy is the most comprehensive.
Colon polyps are most often benign, but they can become cancerous over time. Dr. Dasani and the team at GI Endoscopy Practice perform various procedures to remove your colon polyps, including:
Dr. Dasani performs a polypectomy during a colonoscopy. He may use a wired loop to remove the growth.
If your colon polyps are large or can’t be removed safely during a colonoscopy, Dr. Dasani may recommend a laparoscopic procedure. During your laparoscopy, Dr. Dasani inserts a surgical camera through a small incision in your abdomen and then makes additional incisions for the surgical instruments he needs to remove the large polyp.
For patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) — a rare genetic condition that causes multiple cancerous colon polyps — Dr. Dasani may recommend a total proctocolectomy. During the procedure, he removes your colon and rectum.
After removal of your colon polyp, Dr. Dasani sends the tissue to a lab to determine the type. Follow-up screenings are scheduled based on the results of your pathology report.
If you have concerns about colon polyps or colon cancer, call GI Endoscopy Practice or schedule a consultation online today.