Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

Polyps

What is a polyp?

A polyp is an abnormal growth of tissue. There are many different types of polyps, such as polyps that can cause cancer and polyps that are harmless.

What causes a polyp?

Polyps are caused by genetic mutations. When cells multiply and replicate, they do so with DNA. Very minute errors occur in the millions of DNA bases, and these errors can cause cells to grow faster than normal, and lead to polyps.

Where are polyps located?

Polyps are found in the colon, small intestine, stomach, nose, bladder, uterus, and sinuses, to name a few.

How you do detect colon polyps?

Colon polyps are found through a colonoscopy.

How you do treat polyps?

Polyps, if small, can be removed during the colonoscopy. If the polyps are too big, then that part of the colon will need to be removed surgically.

I have family members who have polyps. Am I at risk for polyps?

Yes, you are at risk for polyps, and a higher risk for cancer. You need to get a colonoscopy when you are 10 years younger than when the family member with polyps was diagnosed with polyps. For example, if your father was diagnosed with polyps when he was 50, then you need your colonoscopy at age 40. Depending on the size, number, and type of polyp, you may need to repeat the colonoscopy every 1-5 years.

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Disclaimer: The information presented is only for informational purposes, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness, disease, or condition, nor is it intended to self-diagnose and self-treat any illness, disease or condition. Please consult your physician for any medical concern, question, and ailment.