Advanced Polyp Removal
Many times, a large polyp is found on a colonoscopy performed for various reasons. Depending on the polyp appearance, biopsy, and type, this may be a benign (non-cancerous or pre-cancerous) lesion. If it cannot be removed with specialized tools using the scope, this may require surgery to remove part of the colon. At USC, we are aggressive about trying to remove the polyps using minimally invasive techniques, which include doing this during a colonoscopy. Many people can avoid surgery with this approach. However, if your polyp is found to have a type of cancer after complete removal, or if we are unable to remove it despite specialized tools, surgery may still be recommended. Talk to your surgeon today about this procedure and the possible risks/benefits.