What happens if some benign polyps are left in after two Colonoscopy procedures?

I had a colonoscopy a few days ago. I also had one 3 months ago. They removed some polyps and told me they were benign. But the doctor couldn’t get some that were down flat in the fold. Now she wants to cut some of my colon to remove that piece she couldn’t get to. I am really nervous – is this standard procedure? Are there any alternatives to this? What happens if I just leave them untouched since the rest was benign?

Healthcare Providers (2)

These polyps need to be removed since they could become cancer. Were biopsies obtained? One other alternative is to see an advanced endoscopist at a big referral center who is specialized in removing large polyps.

Yes, if the polyp is in a hard location to get to, it can be recommended to have the colon removed.

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