A polyp is a growth that begins in the tissue and extends into the hollow space. A polypectomy in Arizona removes polyps that are causing symptoms, that may be cancerous, or that need to be examined. It can be performed on any area of the body that develops polyps, such as the nose or stomach.
Fast facts on polypectomies:
- Most polyps are benign growths, which means they do not contain cancer;
- In most cases, a polyp can be removed while the patient is awake;
- The right technique for polyp removal depends on the size and location of the polyp;
- Polypectomies are safe, with a low rate of complications.
Types of Polypectomy in Arizona
Polyps are quite common, and a polypectomy can be a relatively quick and simple procedure. The two most common types of polypectomy are uterine, used to remove polyps in the endometrial tissue and colon, used to remove polyps in the colon.
Polyps may also develop in other regions of the body such as the nose, cervix, vocal cords and stomach. They are quite common, and most people don’t know they have them. Uterine polyps become more common as a woman ages and are highly prevalent in menopausal women.
Just 3-5 percent are cancerous. But even when a polyp isn’t cancerous, some grow very large, and when they do, they may alter blood flow, put pressure on organs, and cause a range of other symptoms.
Surgery for Treatment of Polypectomy in Arizona
Anesthesia is not always required for a polypectomy – a sedative may be used if anesthesia is not. Preparation for a polypectomy depends on the surgical technique and the location of the polyps.
People undergoing removal of uterine polyps with local anesthesia may need no special preparation. However, colon polypectomy requires the colon to be empty. Patients may need to use enemas, laxatives, or both in the 12 to 24 hours before surgery.
Recovery Following a Polypectomy in Arizona
Recovery from a polypectomy usually takes about 2 weeks. Patients may feel pain following the procedure, particularly immediately after the procedure. Taking the pain medication the doctor prescribes can help.
It’s normal to experience some bleeding following the procedure, but call your doctor if the bleeding is very heavy, stops and then starts again, or has a foul odor that could indicate an infection.
After the polyp is removed, it will be sent to a lab for testing. If it’s not cancerous, the patient will undergo an exam following the removal, but will likely need no further treatment.
How do you know if you need a polypectomy in Arizona?
When polyps cause symptoms, a doctor may recommend screening tests. In some cases, polyps are discovered as part of testing for something else. This means that people are more likely to undergo a polypectomy when they also undergo a screening test that can detect polyps.
People who have symptoms related to their polyps, such as pain or bleeding, usually need to have the polyps removed.
A polypectomy in Arizona is a routine procedure that can eliminate symptoms of polyps and test for cancer. As with any procedure, patients should weigh the benefits and risks with the help of their doctor. For most polypectomy recipients, however, the procedure is a minor inconvenience that can offer peace of mind and relief from troublesome symptoms.
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