Bowel Polyps are an abnormal, fleshy growth extending from the inner wall of the large bowel (colon and rectum). Polyps can vary in type, shape, size, location and number.
The number of polyps found is written in the colonoscopy report, either as a total, or as a number of polyps for a particular region within the bowel.
Depending on the type, size and number of bowel polyps removed, your doctor will advise on the necessity and timing of future colonoscopies, usually in 3-5 years.
Polyp removal is a safe and effective technique.
For uninsured patients, there may be additional costs associated with removal of polyps.
Bowel polyps are often asymptomatic – increasing age, family or personal history of bowel polyps and blood in the stool are the best predictors of polyps.