Colorectal Polyps in Texas
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What are colorectal polyps?
Colorectal polyps, often called colon polyps, are a common occurrence within the adult population. The term “colorectal” references the colon as well as the rectum. Several health situations which include the colon many times also affect the rectum, which is why they are many times spoken of together. A colorectal polyp is a growth that occurs in either the colon or the rectum. It is comprised of a clump of cells that may form on the lining of the colon or rectum.
Polyps by themselves are typically benign and often do not lead to symptoms; however, colorectal polyps need to be addressed because they can turn cancerous. To confirm a suspicion of colon polyps, the gastroenterologists at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants commonly perform colonoscopy exams. To address potential colorectal polyps in Texas, request a consultation at your nearest TDDC location so we can help you reach optimal GI health.
What are the causes of colorectal polyps?
Colorectal polyps form when cells grow or divide more than what is usual. The world of medicine is still without proof as to the reasons this is the case; regardless, there are relationships and risk factors that are common among those who present with colon or rectal polyps.
Some of the risk factors for colon and/or colorectal polyps are:
- Genetic history
- “Typical western diet” (high fat, low fiber)
- Having a personal or family history of colon or rectal polyps
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Being over the age of 45
- Type 2 diabetes
- Crohn's disease
- Ulcerative colitis
Hereditary genetic conditions can elevate an individual's chance of experiencing colon or rectal polyps. Those conditions may include but are not limited to:
- Peutz-Jeghers syndrome
- Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
- Gardner’s syndrome
- MYH-associated polyposis (MAP)
- Lynch syndrome
- Serrated polyposis syndrome
What are common symptoms of colon and rectal polyps?
Frequently, cases of colon polyps will not manifest with symptoms. If symptoms are present, some of the most prevalent indicators of colorectal polyps include:
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Pain in the abdominal area
- Diarrhea (lasting longer than one week)
- Shortness of breath
- Blood in the stool
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, are 45 years of age or greater, or have a family history of colon cancer or colorectal polyps, reach out to our staff to learn more about colorectal cancer screenings in the Texas area.
What does it mean if a physician finds polyps during a colonoscopy?
It is not uncommon to find polyps during a colonoscopy, and many times, polyps are not cancerous (benign). Polyps found during a colonoscopy will quite often be removed during the course of a colonoscopy (polypectomy) and tested for cancer. Should it happen that your colon or rectal polyps are benign, then your physician will likely advise regular screenings for colon cancer moving forward. If your polyp is found to be malignant (cancerous), you and your Texas Digestive Disease Consultants provider will decide on the most advantageous next steps.
The typical way to address colorectal polyps is by removing them. After a colonoscopy (or flexible sigmoidoscopy), polyps in your colon and rectum can be excised during a procedure referred to as a polypectomy. In severe situations, a part of or the entirety of your rectum or colon may need to be removed.
Colorectal Polyps FAQs
Are colon polyps a hereditary condition?
A family history of colorectal polyps can heighten your chance of developing this concern. Some types of polyps may have a hereditary correlation and be more prevalent among relatives. Consult your gastrointestinal provider regarding your personal and family history with colorectal polyps to determine your risk and frequency of colorectal cancer tests.
Can colon polyps return?
It is rare for a colorectal polyp to grow back once it is thoroughly removed. However, some individuals may have new polyps arise in other parts of the large intestine (colon) or rectum. As such, it is crucial to maintain routine screenings for colorectal cancer as recommended by your provider.
Can colon polyps be avoided?
It may not be possible to prevent polyps in the colon or rectum from occurring, especially if you carry an elevated risk due to genetics. But maintaining a healthy lifestyle might help decrease the chance of having colon or rectal polyps. This can involve consuming a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco use, drinking alcohol in moderation, and getting adequate exercise. Undergoing routine colonoscopies once you turn 45 can also help reduce your risk.
How long does it take to recover after colorectal polyp removal?
Generally, the majority of patients take around one week to recuperate after polyp removal during a colonoscopy procedure. The Texas Digestive Disease Consultants team will provide aftercare instructions on what you can anticipate as you recover and when you can proceed with your regular, daily routine.
Get treatment for colorectal polyps
Colorectal polyps can be detected, extracted, and evaluated for cancer at a routine colonoscopy procedure. Texas Digestive Disease Consultants works hard to deliver a personalized experience to help you meet your specific needs. To hear more about colon and rectal polyps and how they may be located and excised, we recommend that you request a consultation with your local Texas Digestive Disease Consultants in Texas today.
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Obviously i wasn't looking forward to the procedure and had put it off for several years ... Dr Sana was great and made me glad I finally had this done. He removed to polyps ... and I'm thankful. He and the staff were efficient, timely, professional and personable. I would greatly recommend him to anyone needing the same care.