A colon polyp is a collection of cells that form on the lining of the colon. Polyps are common in adults, are usually harmless, and have no symptoms.
A colon polyp is a small collection of cells that forms on the lining of the colon. These polyps can be either raised or flat. Flat polyps can be smaller and harder to see than raised polyps.
Polyps are common in adults and are usually harmless and have no symptoms. Often, people don’t know they have a polyp until their provider discovers it during a regular checkup, screening procedure or while testing for something else. However, most colorectal cancer begins as a polyp, so early detection and removal is an important part of cancer prevention.
This is the main reason why preventive health screenings, like colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy, are so important. Early detection saves lives.
During colonoscopy, the provider uses tiny tools passed through the scope to remove polyps or suspicious tissue. One removal option involves the use of a wire loop, called a snare, to isolate the polyp. The loop is then tightened and electrical current is applied to sever the polyp at its base.
If bleeding occurs, the provider can usually stop it with an electrical probe, a staple-like clip, or special medications that are also passed through the scope. Fortunately, these procedures are usually painless.