Treatment for Polyps of the Colon in Manhattan
Skilled Board Certified NY Colorectal Surgeons
A polyp is a type of abnormal growth which shows up in the lining of the
colon or large intestine. They can develop either on a stalk or as a flat
mass, and are one of the most common types of conditions which develop
in the colon, which occur in about 15-20% of adults. It can be difficult
to diagnose polyps on your own without being examined by a doctor, as
polyps are often asymptomatic.
Although many polyps never turn into cancer, some of them may develop cancer
as they grow. It is very important that you are seen and treated by a
Manhattan colorectal surgeon as soon as possible.
There are a few different types of polyps we may offer treatment for, including:
- Villous adenoma: 40% risk
- Tubulo-villous adenoma: 20% risk
- Tubular adenoma: 5% risk
Diagnosing Malignant & Benign Polyps
Most cases of colon cancer have developed from a polyp, which is why it
is imperative that all colonic polyps are examined right away. Because
a majority of colon polyps are without symptoms, it can be difficult to
determine if one has developed before you have received an examination.
A few examples of symptoms you may experience include:
- Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation or diarrhea
- Rectal bleeding
- Bloody stools
- Abdominal pain
There are a few factors which are considered when determining the risk
of cancer, including the type and size of the polyp. The larger the polyp
grows, the higher the risk of cancer gets.
The diagnosis process for polyps usually involves a colonoscopy, during
which the doctor looks for changes or anything with a suspicious appearance.
If there is anything which looks suspicious, it may be removed for further
testing. Your Manhattan colorectal surgeon may also use a barium enema
or an X-Ray for further testing.
To make an appointment for a consultation, give Manhattan Surgical Associates
a call now at 646.798.4606 or
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