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Colorectal Polyps

2625 N. Craycroft Rd., #200
Tucson, AZ 85712

Call: 520-416-5700
Fax: 520-326-8553

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Cybil Corning, MD
Peter Lee
Stefanie Schluender, MD
Jennifer Ford
Sarah Plummer
Susan Gabbard

Practice Highlights

Robotic colorectal surgery since 2014


High-resolution anoscopy

Multidisciplinary GI tumor board

Sphincter-sparing surgery for rectal carcinoma

Sacral nerve stimulation for fecal incontinence

Anal manometry

What are colorectal polyps?

A colorectal polyp is a small clump of cells that forms on the lining of the colon or rectum. The majority of colorectal polyps are not a problem. However, some polyps can develop into cancer. If left unchecked, those cancerous polyps can become life-threatening.

Who gets colorectal polyps?

Anyone and everyone can develop colorectal polyps. People over 50 are at higher risk, but there has been an increase in younger people developing polyps. Smokers, those who drink alcohol, people who eat high fat, low fiber diets, and those who are obese are at greater risk for developing polyps. Also, family history can be a factor.

Symptoms of colorectal polyps

Unfortunately, there are no symptoms until the polyps develop into cancer, which is why regular screenings such as colonoscopies are recommended to find and remove polyps before they become an issue. Most polyps are found during routine colonoscopies.

Surgical treatment of colorectal polyps

Surgical treatment options include:

  • Most polyps can be removed by your surgeon during a procedure called a polypectomy which is performed during a colonoscopy. A wire loop is passed through the colonoscope to remove the polyp from the wall of the colon. An electrical current cauterizes the wound.
  • Larger polyps can be removed via endoscopic mucosal resection during a colonoscopy. Your surgeon will remove some of the colon’s inner lining along with the polyp.
  • In more advanced cases, a colectomy removes all or part of the colon as well as nearby lymph nodes. Partial removal of the colon is called a partial colectomy or segmental resection. Colectomies can be either an open colectomy using a long incision in the abdomen or laparoscopic surgery using several small incisions and special tools. A temporary or permanent colostomy may be required to remove waste from the body.


Colorectal Disease Specialties We Treat

Anal Carcinoma
Colon Carcinoma
Rectal Carcinoma
Small Bowel Cancers
Surgical treatment of colorectal polyps
Familial adenomatous polyposis
Surgical treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
| Crohn’s
Rectal prolapse
Pelvic exenteration
Transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS)
Anal fissures
anal fistula
Perianal abscess
In-office flexible sigmoidoscopy

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