A polypectomy in Arizona is a procedure that is performed to remove polyps – abnormal collections of tissue – from the inside of the large intestine. The procedure is relatively noninvasive and is typically performed at the same time as a colonoscopy.
Many tumors of the colon develop as a benign growth before becoming malignant.
A colonoscopy is initially performed to identify the presence of any polyps. If any are discovered, a polypectomy is performed and the tissue is removed. The tissue will be examined to determine if the growths are cancerous, precancerous, or benign in order to prevent colon cancer.
Polyps aren’t typically associated with any symptoms at all; however, larger polyps can cause rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, and/or bowel irregularities
A polypectomy in Arizona would relieve these symptoms as well and is required any time polyps are revealed during a colonoscopy.
What Does a Polypectomy Involve?
During the colonoscopy, a colonoscope is inserted into your rectum so your doctor can see all areas of your colon. A colonoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with a light and a camera at the end of it.
A colonoscopy is offered regularly for people who are over 50 years old to check for any growths that could indicate the presence of cancer. If your doctor discovers polyps during your colonoscopy, they’ll typically perform a polypectomy at the same time.
There are several ways in which a polypectomy in Arizona can be performed. Which method your doctor chooses will depend on what type of polyps are found in the colon. Once a polyp has been removed, it will be sent to a lab to test if the polyp is cancerous.
Preparing for a Polypectomy in Arizona
In order to perform a colonoscopy, your large intestine needs to be entirely clear and free from any visual obstruction. You’ll be asked to thoroughly empty your bowels for one or two days prior to your procedure using laxatives, having an enema, and eating a clear-food diet.
Just before the polypectomy, you’ll receive an anesthetic for the procedure. The procedure can be completed relatively quickly. It normally only takes between 20 minutes to 1 hour, depending on any necessary interventions.
What Does Recovery from Polypectomy in Arizona Look Like?
Recovery is generally quick. Minor side effects such as gassiness, bloating, and cramps usually resolve within 24 hours. With a more involved procedure, a full recovery can take up to two weeks.
Your doctor may ask you to avoid certain drinks and foods that can irritate your digestive system for two to three days after the procedure. These can include tea, coffee, soda, alcohol and/or spicy foods.
Your outlook following a polypectomy itself is good. The procedure is noninvasive, causes only mild discomfort, and you should be fully recovered in two weeks.
However, your overall outlook will be determined by what’s discovered as a result of the polypectomy. The course of any further treatment will be determined by whether or not your polyps are benign, precancerous, or cancerous.
If they’re benign, then it’s likely that no further treatment will be required. If they’re precancerous, there’s a good chance that colon cancer can be prevented. If they’re cancerous, colon cancer is treatable.
Cancer treatment and its success will be dependent upon many factors, including what stage the cancer is at. Don’t put yourself at risk – if you’re 50+ years old, call our office today to schedule a polypectomy in Arizona.