Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery  Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery : 01206 753247
Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery - GMC registration : 4199016
Laparoscopic colorectal and general surgeon
READ MORE
Miss sharmila Guptha MBBS MD FRCS - Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery

Patient Info

Colonic Polyps

Colon polyps are extra fleshy growth that develops on the lining of the large intestine (colon) protruding into the intestinal canal. Colon polyps are more common in older individuals. Colon polyps are non-cancerous, but some polyps become cancerous.

Risk factors

Certain people may have a greater chance of getting polyps which are:

  • About 50 years of age or older
  • Family history of polyps 
  • Previous history of polyps 
  • Family history of colon cancer 
  • History of uterine or ovarian cancer

Types

The three most common types of colon polyps are hyperplastic polyps, adenomas, and polyposis syndromes. Hyperplastic polyps refer to abnormal increase in the number of cells in the tissue. Adenomas are most dangerous of developing into colon cancer. They may be sessile or flat and may be removed during colonoscopy or require surgery.

Symptoms

Colon polyps are usually not associated with symptoms. When they occur symptoms include bleeding from the anus, blood stools, abdominal pain, mucous discharge, change in bowel movements, and constipation or diarrhea.

Diagnosis

Your physician will perform the following tests to diagnose colon polyps:

  • Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy is a procedure in which a flexible lighted tube is passed through the anus into the rectum and the colon. The colonoscope helps to view the pictures of inside of the rectum and colon
  • Sigmoidoscopy: This procedure uses a shorter tube called a sigmoidoscope to transmit images of the rectum and the sigmoid colon (the lower portion of the colon) 
  • Barium enema X-ray: In this procedure, X-ray is taken after injecting a contrast material called barium into the colon 
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan- In this procedure a thin, flexible tube is inserted into the rectum. Using x-rays, images of the large intestine are created 
  • Stool test- Stool sample is tested in the laboratory for signs of cancer

Treatment

In most cases, polyps can be removed during colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy examination and then tested for cancer. During colonoscopy, polyps can be removed by snaring them with a wire loop passed through the instrument and burning the tissue with electric cautery.

Surgery is required in some polyps that cannot be removed with the instruments because of their size or location. Polypectomy is surgical excision or removal of a polyp.

Prevention

You can reduce the risk of developing colon polyp by having high fibre and low fat diet, by avoiding alcohol and smoking, and by exercising and maintaining weight.

Services
Colorectal Laparoscopic Surgery
Research - Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery
Publications - Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery
Multimedia Patient Education - Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery
 
Ramsay Healthcare - Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery RCS Advancing Surgical Standards - Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery
The ICENI Centre Ramsay Healthcare - Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery
ASGBI Association Of surgons - Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery The Association of coloproctology of Great Britian and ireland - Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery
Oaks Hospital - Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery
THE  MDU - Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery NHS - Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery
 
Location & Directions - Colorectal Laproscopic Surgery Your Practice Online