What will happen if a doctor finds something during a colonoscopy?

This question was asked in Irvine, California on 01/18/2012.
I am apprehensive about getting a colonoscopy or endoscopy because I am afraid of a negative test. What will happen to me if the test comes back positive for something like polyps?

Doctors Answers (2)

David Myles Nolan
Answered on: 1/21/2012

If the gastroenterologist finds polyps during the colonoscopy they usually attempt to remove them through the use of the endoscope right there and then.? Its rare that you would need further intervention, but if they feel that they could not get all of the polyp or they couldn't be sure they may repeat the procedure sooner.? Either way - its better to find them early so that you can address them than to ignore them and let them grow into a cancer.

Shahram Javaheri, M.D.
Answered on: 1/13/2012

If a doctor finds a polyp during colonoscopy, they will be removed depending on the number of polyps and their size. After removal, they will be sent to a laboratory for a full pathological examination. Then the gastroenterologist and patient will be notified of the examination results.