Is polyp removal painful?

This question was asked in Bloomington, Indiana on 04/18/2012.
What degree of pain should I expect during colonoscopy if I'm getting a polyp removed? How does the endoscopist actually remove any colon polyps? And my last question is how often are polyps actually removed during colonoscopy?

Doctors Answers (2)

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 4/23/2012

Removing a polyp is not painful as there are no nerves in the lining of your colon. All polyps are removed.

David Pound, M.D.
Answered on: 4/19/2012

The removal of polyps from the colon is not painful. The polyps are usually removed with a snare type device on the end of the scope. Polyps are removed and examined under a microscope to ensure that the cells are not cancerous. The physicians at Indianapolis Gastroenterology would be happy to see you and answer further questions about your health.