Polypectomy is the removal of a polyp. The most common types of polypectomy are uterine polypectomy and colon polypectomy in Arizona. Following are the most common questions we receive regarding the procedure.
1. What preparations are required for a polypectomy in Arizona?
Because a polypectomy is a colonoscopy procedure, you will follow written instructions for a colon prep, which will include diet and laxative information.
It is quite normal that you might experience some mild to moderate abdominal cramping for about 1-2 hours after the preparation. Rest, relaxation, Tylenol and the use of a heating pad or hot water bottle will help reduce this discomfort.
2. Can I take my current medications?
Written instructions for the colon prep include medication information. Please bring a detailed list of your regular medications with you on the day of your procedure.
3. What happens during a colonoscopy?
You will have a chance to meet with the doctor so you can discuss your concerns and your doctor can explain the risks and benefits of the procedure. The doctor will then start putting sedation medication in your IV to relax you during the exam. Most people get sleepy, drowsy, relaxed and forgetful, but you will not become unconscious.
4. What happens following a colonoscopy?
You will spend at least 30 minutes in our recovery room and be allowed to rest and let any remaining air in the colon to pass out of the rectum. The nurses will monitor you while you are in recovery. You may be offered something to drink when you are awake. When you are awake enough to go home, you will be able to get dressed and leave with your designated driver.
5. What if the colonoscopy indicates that something is wrong?
If your doctor sees any polyps or thinks that an area needs further evaluation, he/she will perform a polypectomy in Arizona to remove the polyp through the colonoscope and send the tissue to the lab to be analyzed. You will be notified of the results within two weeks.
6. Will I talk with the physician after the polypectomy in Arizona?
Not necessarily. Your physician will write his/her findings and special instructions on the post-procedure instruction sheet, and a nurse will go over all the findings and instructions with you.
7. What are the possible complications of polypectomy in Arizona?
Complications of colon polyp removal include bleeding from the removal site, infection at the removal site, and perforation of the colon. Overall, the risk of these complications is relatively low. However, you should discuss these risks as well as any other concerns you have regarding colonoscopy with the gastroenterologist (GI doctor) who will be performing your procedure.
A polypectomy in Arizona does not need to be regularly repeated. However, if there are areas of concern that were not fully removed, your doctor may schedule you for another procedure to remove remaining lesions or may order follow-up imaging studies.
If there was no evidence of cancer noted on your lab reports, you will need to continue to have routine colonoscopies. If you have additional questions or would like more information regarding a polypectomy in Arizona, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.