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About Colon Polyps

Keeping Yourself Healthy From One End to the Other

The human body is a wonderful and fascinating work of art, but sometimes it can be a little uncomfortable to talk about, and that is especially true with colon polyps. A colon polyp is a cluster of growing cells that are attached to the lining of the colon.

Polyps on your colon are rather harmless if you have them, but you’ll still want to have them taken care of with a colonoscopy procedure as soon as possible since they can lead to complications later on in life. The reason that miVIP wants you to be so well-informed about polyps on the colon is so you will be better prepared to deal with them should you ever find out you have them.

Who is at Risk

Colon polyps are more common in individuals over the age of 50. Studies show that there are also certain risk factors and lifestyle choices that increase the likelihood of developing polyps, including

  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Consuming a diet that is high-fat and low-fiber

Causes of Colon Polyps

There are several causes of developing polyps on the lining of your colon, and miVIP surgeons have the medical technology and experience necessary to determine the specific reason you contracted polyps. Some of the most common causes are:

  • Genetics – Depending on your family history and genetics, you might be at an increased risk of contracting polyps
  • Irregular Cell Growth – Your cells might be growing and splitting as they normally should before they start to develop abnormally. Should this happen, more cells will start to split and grow, leading to the formation of polyps in the colon.

Common Symptoms

You might not even be aware that you have polyps in your colon since there usually are not any symptoms of the condition. For that reason, it is important that you have a colonoscopy procedure done by an experienced medical expert. Possible symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea or Constipation – Even though they are not the same, both diarrhea and constipation can mean that you have problems with your colon
  • Bleeding – There might be blood either in your stool or in your rectum. Since bleeding can also be a symptom of other conditions, you will want to alert your doctor as soon as possible should you notice blood
  • Pain – If you have large colon polyps, they might be blocking your bowels, which can lead to pain and discomfort in your abdomen

Treatment Options

Before a viable treatment option can be selected, the number of polyps and their size will need to be determined. A different treatment might also be required if the polyps are cancerous. The most common treatment, however, is a Colonoscopy Procedure. A thin, pliable tube known as a colonoscope is inserted into the colon through the anus where biopsies can be collected and polys can be removed. Screenings for cancer can also be done during the procedure

Prognosis

As long as the polyps are removed, the prognosis is a positive one. Patients who have several polyps might be scheduled for follow-up colonoscopies every few years. Should the colon polyps be a sign of cancer, then it is recommended that the patient seek out a cancer professional.

Give Us a Call

If you would like to schedule a colonoscopy procedure at the Las Vegas miVIP surgery center, pick up the phone and dial 877-956-2263.

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