Polypectomy is an endoscopic procedure commonly used to remove a growth or lesion located within the stomach or large intestine. The patient is typically kept under sedation while the procedure takes place. Abnormal growths are identified and then removed using specialized endoscopic equipment such as biopsy forceps, snares, or tools to burn off the abnormal tissue.


Polypectomy is a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure used to remove abnormal growths from the stomach and large bowel. This is done while the patient is under sedation, and the latest high resolution endoscopic equipment allows for the identification of even small, flat lesions, allowing for early intervention.

Our Specialists are meticulous in their examination, providing a high polyp detection rate and allowing for the removal of any growths before they reach a more advanced stage. By quickly identifying and removing any growths, polypectomy offers a safe and effective way to prevent the development of bowel cancer and other serious medical conditions.

Polypectomy Step by Step Process

Step 1

A polypectomy is typically performed during a colonoscopy. During a colonoscopy, a long, thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope is inserted into the rectum so the doctor can examine the colon.

Step 2

Colonoscopies are recommended for people over 50 to screen for growths that could be signs of cancer. If polyps are found during the colonoscopy, the doctor will perform a polypectomy.

Step 3

There are various techniques for removing polyps, and the method used will depend on the type, size, and location of the polyp.

Step 4

Small polyps (less than 5 millimetres in diameter) can be removed with biopsy forceps, while larger polyps (up to 2 centimetres in diameter) can be removed using a snare.

Step 5

In snare polypectomy, a thin wire is looped around the base of the polyp, and heat is used to remove the growth. Any remaining tissue is then cauterised.

Step 6

More challenging polyps may require endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) or endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) techniques.

Step 7

During EMR, a saline fluid is injected to lift the polyp from the tissue before removal. The polyp is removed piecemeal. In ESD, fluid is injected deep into the polyp, and it is removed in one piece.

Step 8

In some cases, bowel surgery may be needed to remove larger polyps that cannot be removed endoscopically.

Step 9

After the polyp is removed, it is sent to a pathology lab for testing. Results usually take about a week to come back.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a polypectomy a serious procedure?

A polypectomy is a common medical procedure used to examine abnormal growth in the colon and detect any signs of cancer. While the procedure may sound daunting, it is generally considered safe and not too invasive.

Is polypectomy considered a minor surgery?

Polypectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that is usually performed during a colonoscopy. Although it may be performed during surgery in some cases, it is not typically considered major surgery.

What is the recovery time after a polypectomy?

Most people recover quickly from a polypectomy. However, it is important to avoid driving and operating heavy machinery for 24 hours after the procedure due to the effects of anaesthesia. Common side effects such as gas, bloating, and cramping are typically mild and resolve within a day.

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  • Polypectomies are safe, with a low rate of complications. The procedure is noninvasive, causes only mild discomfort, and you should be fully recovered in two weeks.

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