Why can’t they remove large polyps during a Colonoscopy? 

My husband is having a polyp removed that is rather large. When he went in for his colonoscopy, he had 5 “regular” sized polyps removed, but there was one that they said they couldn’t do during this procedure because it was too large for the tool they had. The 5 polyps were single digit numbers in size (mm), but the one they couldn’t do was somewhere between 23-25 mm, so they scheduled another surgery for this. What methods or tools are used for a polyp of this size? 

Healthcare Providers (2)

They can use a snare to cut it. Possibly inject with liquid to lift it. Speak to the doctor removing it to find out techniques he or she will use during the procedure.

It could need extra tools and there is an increased risk for complications, and needs a longer time to handle.

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