Colon polyps are growths that develop on the lining of your large intestine. In most cases, these growths are harmless, but they can turn cancerous. Finding and removing colon polyps may reduce your risk of developing colon cancer. At GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, in Baytown, North Loop, Houston, and Humble, Texas, the team utilizes advanced medical tools to find and remove colon polyps. Call the office closest to you or book an appointment online today.
Colon polyps are growths on the inner lining of your large intestine. Colon polyps are harmless in most people. However, these growths may turn cancerous, and having colon polyps may increase your risk of developing colorectal or colon cancer.
Colon polyps affect all people. However, you may be at greater risk of developing the growths if you’re over the age of 50, are a smoker or former smoker, or you’re overweight or obese.
Colon polyps may not cause any symptoms. In most cases, the gastroenterologists at GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, find these growths during a colonoscopy.
However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should schedule a visit:
These symptoms may or may not be a sign of a serious gastrointestinal condition, but you should not ignore them.
Colon cancer is a common cancer. However, early diagnosis and treatment increase your chances of a full recovery. Finding and removing colon polyps before they turn cancerous is one of the primary defenses against colon cancer.
The GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, team diagnoses colon polyps after a colonoscopy. The colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows your gastroenterologist to examine the entire length of your large intestine.
Your gastroenterologist may recommend a colonoscopy to find the underlying cause of your gastrointestinal symptoms. The diagnostic procedure is also the “gold standard” screening test for colon cancer.
The gastroenterologists at GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, treat colon polyps by removing them. In most cases, your gastroenterologist may remove the growths during your colonoscopy.
However, if you have large colon polyps, they may use other techniques, such as:
During a polypectomy, your gastroenterologist may use forceps or a wire loop to remove the growth.
With minimally invasive surgery, your gastroenterologist uses laparoscopic surgical techniques to find and remove the colon polyps.
If you have many colon polyps or you’re at risk of developing colon cancer, they may recommend removal of your rectum or colon.
GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, is a state-of-the-art gastroenterology practice that utilizes advanced medical tools and techniques to improve your gastrointestinal health. Call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.