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Polypectomy

Polypectomy is surgical removal of a polyp. Polyps are non-cancerous abnormal growth of the tissue along the lining of gastrointestinal wall. Gastrointestinal polyps can be removed endoscopically through colonoscopy or surgically if the polyp is too large. During colonoscopy, the polyps are identified and cut using forceps. Larger polyps are removed by passing a wire snare, tightening the snare around the polyp base and then burning with electric cautery. Polyps that are removed through colonoscopy are sent for further analysis or to detect cancer. Polypectomy is safe and is not associated with serious complications and risks. The most common risks associated with polypectomy are perforation and bleeding.

Call your doctor if you observe side effects such as severe abdominal pain, fever, blood in stools, dizziness, and weakness.

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