Do colon polyps ever reappear after they have been removed through colonoscopy?

This question was asked in Irvine, California on 02/28/2012.
If a polyp has been removed is there a tendency for it to come back? Will I still have to get colonoscopies at the same interval as normal?

Doctors Answers (3)

Eric Hill, M.D.
Answered on: 3/9/2012 4

Polyps can recur, but usually in a different place. If you have polyps, the recommended follow-up is sooner than if you had no polyps.

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 3/1/2012 2

Yes polyps can recur at the same site, so it important to have surveillance colonoscopies as recommended by your gastroenterologist.

David Myles Nolan
Answered on: 3/1/2012 2

Once you have had polyps you are at higher risk of developing more polyps, which is why when they are seen the guidelines suggest repeating a colonoscopy at a more frequent interval.