Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Polyp Removal

Thursday, 01 Oct 2009 01:02 PM

Question: My brother has polyps and his doctor has advised him to have them removed. Can they be prevented from spreading?




Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Polyps are well-delineated growths readily removed by colonoscopy. Polyps usually form as solid tissue within the wall of the bowel which project into the lumen. Polyps may enlarge and may be part of a multiple polyp condition such as familial polyposis, but do not usually spread unless they have developed malignant characteristics. It is important to have polyps removed when discovered, as it is hard to be sure which will undergo malignant transformation and set the stage for colon malignancy. Colon cancer can be prevented by regular re-evaluation and removal of polyps.



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