Colorectal Polyps in New Orleans, LA
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What are colorectal polyps?
Colorectal polyps, sometimes referred to as colon polyps, are a common condition among adults. The label “colorectal” references the colon as well as the rectum. Several conditions that impact the colon also include the rectum, which is why they are often talked about together. A colon polyp is a polyp that presents in either the colon or the rectum. A colorectal polyp is a mass made up of a clump of cells on the lining of your rectum or colon.
Polyps on their own are usually benign and commonly don't cause symptoms; however, colon polyps should be addressed because they can, over time, become cancerous. To obtain a diagnosis for colorectal polyps, the gastroenterologists at Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates regularly conduct colonoscopy services. Please call one of our local GI providers to schedule a colonoscopy in New Orleans, LA.
What are the causes of colon polyps?
Colorectal polyps occur when cells experience more growth or division than normal. The medical community remains undecided as to why this happens, regardless, there are connections and risk factors that are common among individuals who live with colorectal polyps.
Risk factors for rectal polyps are:
- Having a personal or family history of colon or rectal polyps
- Being overweight
- “Typical Western diet” (high fat, low fiber)
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Genetic history
- Ulcerative colitis
- Type 2 diabetes
- Being over the age of 45
- Tobacco use
- Crohn's disease
Inherited genetic conditions can elevate your risk of experiencing colon or rectal polyps. Such conditions could include:
- Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
- MYH-associated polyposis (MAP)
- Serrated polyposis syndrome
- Gardner’s syndrome
- Lynch syndrome
- Peutz-Jeghers syndrome
What are the symptoms of colorectal polyps?
Oftentimes, colon polyps do not manifest symptoms. If symptoms are present, some of the most frequently experienced symptoms of colon polyps include:
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in the abdominal area
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Blood in the stool
- Diarrhea (lasting more than one week)
If you are experiencing any combination of the above-mentioned symptoms, are 45 years of age or older, or have a family history of colorectal polyps or colon cancer and are in the New Orleans, LA area, get in touch with our staff about colon cancer screenings today.
What does it mean if a provider detects polyps during a colonoscopy?
It is not unusual to detect polyps during a colonoscopy, and most commonly, polyps are not cancerous (benign). Polyps identified through a colonoscopy will often be excised during your colonoscopy (polypectomy) and assessed for indications of cancer. If your colon or rectal polyps are found to be benign, then your doctor is likely to advise routine screenings for colon cancer moving forward. If any polyp is diagnosed as malignant (cancerous), you and your Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates provider will decide on the most advantageous steps moving forward.
The typical way to treat colorectal polyps is by excising them. During a colonoscopy (or flexible sigmoidoscopy), polyps in your rectum and colon can be removed in conjunction with a procedure known as a polypectomy. In less common situations, a portion or all of your colon or rectum may require removal.
Colorectal Polyps FAQs
Are colon polyps genetic?
Having a familial history of colorectal polyps can increase your personal chance of developing this concern. Certain types of polyps may carry a hereditary association and be more likely to occur among family members. Speak with your GI provider about your health and family history with polyps to evaluate your own risk and the need for colorectal cancer screenings.
Do colorectal polyps grow back after removal?
In general, it is uncommon for a colorectal polyp to redevelop after being removed. However, some patients might have new polyps develop in other areas of the colon (large intestine) or rectum. As such, it is vital to schedule regular screenings for colon cancer as advised by your GI specialist.
Can colon polyps be prevented?
You may not be able to prevent colorectal polyps from developing, especially if you have a greater risk because of your genetics. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle might help decrease the chance of colon or rectal polyps arising. This can involve following a well-balanced diet, avoiding the use of tobacco, limiting the consumption of alcohol, and getting enough exercise. Undergoing periodic colonoscopies upon turning 45 can also help reduce the risk of polyp development.
How long does it take to recover after colorectal polyp removal?
In general, most people take around a week to recuperate after having a polypectomy during a colonoscopy procedure. Our Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates team will review post-op instructions on what to expect during the recovery period and when you can get back to your normal routine.
Find treatment for colorectal polyps
Colon and rectal polyps can be detected, excised, and evaluated for cancer during a routine colonoscopy. As a physician-led network of gastroenterologists, Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates aspires to provide a patient-focused experience. To learn more about colorectal polyps and how they may be detected and excised, please contact one of our caring GI specialists in New Orleans, LA today.
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