Colon &
Rectal Polyps

Treating Colon & Rectal Polyps

The colon and the rectum are parts of the large intestine. The colon is the top portion of the large intestine, measuring about 5 feet long, while the rectum consists of the last 5 to 6 inches of the colon, and it connects to the anus.

Colon and rectal polyps refer to the excessive/abnormal cellular growth that occurs in the lining of the colorectal area.

Colon and rectal polyps are usually benign. However, depending on their nature, these growths can sometimes become cancerous and lead to fatal conditions such as colon cancer or rectal cancer. Most cases of colorectal cancer start as polyps.

At Huntington Colorectal Surgeons, Dr. Howard Kaufman, Dr. Gabriel Akopian, and Dr. Juliane Golan have years of experience treating colorectal polyps. We will administer customized medical care that will help treat colorectal polyps and reduce the chances of colorectal cancer. You can trust us for affordable, premium-quality care.

Why do colorectal polyps form?

Colon and rectal polyps develop due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • Tissue injury
  • Genetic mutation
  • Hormonal changes
  • Chronic inflammation

Colon and rectal polyps occur in people of all ages, although it’s much more common in people above 50.

Signs of colon
& rectal polyps

  • Abdominal pain.
  • Rectal bleeding leading to blood in the stool.
  • Discomfort, burning, and pain during a bowel movement.
  • Mucous discharge from the anus.
  • Bulbous growth that can be felt on the anus.
  • Sudden changes in bowel movements, from diarrhea to constipation and vice versa.
  • The onset of anemia.

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Diagnosing and removing polyps
in the colorectal region

While cancerous colon and rectal polyps are rare, early detection and treatment can save your life. If diagnosed at a localized stage, when the polyps are still localized to one area in the colorectal region, colorectal cancer has a survival rate of 90%. Quick diagnosis and removal of polyps can give you a better chance at a full and healthy life.

At Huntington Colorectal Surgeons, our highly-experienced team of Pasadena colorectal surgeons has immense experience treating colorectal polyps at various stages of severity. We have extensive experience in treating colon and rectal polyps.

Colon polyps are usually diagnosed on screening colonoscopy. Your gastroenterologist will attempt to remove the entire polyp at the time of your colonoscopy. If this is not possible they will take a biopsy for diagnosis. Your gastroenterologist or your primary care physician might refer you to Huntington Colorectal Surgeons to discuss further treatment options.

Our board-certified surgeons specialize in robotic surgery, which is a minimally-invasive surgical technique which can be performed through small ¼ inch sized incisions on the abdomen.

After the resection tissues are removed, we conduct exhaustive medical checks to rule out any possibilities of cancerous tissues. If this reveals a cancerous polyp, we create a bespoke treatment plan to treat the cancer.

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Can we prevent polyps
from recurring?

For many, colorectal polyps don’t recur once they are removed. However, in 30% of the patients, colorectal polyps often develop in another colon and rectum region.

Multiple researchers have also found that diets high in specific vitamins and minerals can also reduce your susceptibility towards colon and rectal polyps. Our highly-experienced Pasadena colorectal surgeons can prescribe the right diet changes that are beneficial for you.

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