What happens if a doctor finds something?

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While undergoing a colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist is looking at the entire colonic mucosa. The most important thing to look for is obviously polyps and or cancer. If your polyp is identified, your gastroenterologist is able to remove that polyp effectively using various instruments, again, depending on the size and the number of these polyps. Once a polyp is removed, it is collected and sent to a pathology laboratory for a complete evaluation by a pathologist. After the review by the pathologist, the results are notified both to the patient's gastroenterologist and the patient. The patient will be notified when they should come back for the next screening interval.