Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for a Polypectomy?
At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our friendly staff will guide you through the process of choosing the best polypectomy procedure for you. Our highly qualified doctors will provide the best medical care during your stay. Polypectomy can be performed with or without robotic assistance, offering you a range of options, as well as state-of-the-art technology for an easy and minimally invasive experience.
Polyps are growths in the gastrointestinal tract that can be either benign or malignant. Only the removal and biopsy of polyps can determine their type. A polypectomy is the surgical removal of polyps to ensure that potentially malignant growths do not turn into cancer.
Polypectomy is a routine procedure, often performed during a colonoscopy. Sometimes, if the polyp is large, a polypectomy is done in a separate, more complex but minimally invasive surgical procedure called laparoscopy.
Polyps situated along the GI tract are especially dangerous because they are sometimes precursors to malignant cancer cells. Many polyps are benign and often go undetected; however, all polyps should be removed as a precautionary measure against carcinoma.
If you fulfill any of the conditions below and have colon polyps, you should not hesitate to have polypectomy:
- You are over 50 years old
- You have previously had polyps
- You are a smoker
- You eat fatty food
- You are overweight or obese
- You drink alcohol regularly
- You have family members diagnosed with polyps or colon cancer
Polypectomy is a common procedure that is often performed during routine colonoscopies. Complications from polypectomy are extremely rare, but include bleeding and infection. Certain factors increase the risk of complications during surgery, such as smoking or drug use. Be sure to tell your doctor about any and all medication you are taking, and any conditions you currently have, prior to undergoing a polypectomy.
The polypectomy procedure usually starts a few days prior to your office visit. Leading up to your procedure, your doctor will prescribe various ways of cleansing the colon. If there is any stool left, the colon will not be fully visible during your polypectomy.
The procedure is a short surgery lasting usually no more than 40-60 minutes, during which the polyp(s) will be removed with an electric current or a mechanical device.
After removal, the polyp(s) will be biopsied.
If the polyp is large, a laparoscopy procedure may be used more efficiently. During a laparoscopy, a very small incision will be made in the abdomen, through which special surgical tools will be inserted and guided to remove the polyp.
Using the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System, your doctor will monitor the system's interactive robotic arms from a 3-D screen and guide the arms to precisely remove the growth.