Surgery for Colorectal Polyps

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Aria colorectal surgery team removes colon section through single laparoscopic incision: First in its NorthEast Philadelphia community.

Section on Colorectal Surgery, Aria Health

Polyps are noncancerous growths that can occur throughout the colon and rectum.  They are very common and, today, are diagnosed with increasing frequency, due to improved screening and detection.  Left untreated, these polyps can grow, causing bleeding, obstruction, and eventually colon cancer.

Colonoscopy is the treatment of choice for patients who need to have polyps removed.  A board-certified pathologist will test the removed growths to make sure that they do not contain cancerous tissue.  The specialist will recommend ongoing follow-up to detect and treat any further polyp growth and development.

The colonoscope permits a minimally invasive form of treatment for such colon growths.  For colonoscopic polyp removal, patients normally undergo sedation only, rather than general anesthesia, and may return home on the same day of the procedure.  The procedures are relatively minor and very safe.  They generally cause little discomfort. 

Should polyps or tumors grow too large - or should the specialist otherwise deem them inappropriate for removal with the colonoscope - the patient may need surgery.  To benefit patients with the most modern surgical techniques in these cases, Aria Health offers minimally invasive laparoscopic colon surgery, which requires only several small incisions, through which surgical specialists introduce an endoscope and various surgical instruments. As needed, Aria's section on colorectal surgery also offers traditional, open, colorectal surgery; however, recovery from laparoscopic surgery is much quicker.