Polypectomy is a surgery that removes polyps from different parts of the body, usually in the stomach or colon (large intestine).
Polypectomy is the removal of polyps from an area like your large intestine, which can be accessed during a gastroscopy or colonoscopy.
Polypectomy is a procedure commonly performed in conjunction with a histology to determine if cancerous or non-cancerous growths are present.
Polypectomy is a simple and minimally-invasive surgery with a high success rate, there are also low risks for complications.
What Is Polypectomy?
Polyps are abnormal tissue growths that can form in any part of your body.
Polypectomy is the surgical procedure of removing polyps from different parts of your body, usually in the stomach or colon (large intestine). It is usually done during a gastroscopy or colonoscopy, where your surgeon is able to examine your entire large intestine, together with your rectum and anus. Your surgeon is thus able to determine the location and remove the polyps.
This procedure is typically done together with a histology to check if the growths are cancerous or non-cancerous to determine if further treatment is needed. Polyps are usually removed to minimise the chances that they may develop into cancer or other serious conditions.
Polypectomy is a simple and minimally-invasive procedure with a high success rate and a low risk of complication.
Why Is a Polypectomy Done?
The removal of any polyps that are found in your stomach or colon (large intestine) is strongly encouraged to prevent cancer. In certain cases, polyps that have grown larger may cause troublesome symptoms including abdominal pain, rectal bleeding and irregular bowel movements. A polyp removal would relieve such symptoms.
What To Expect?
Before the surgery
Do not take any fibre e.g. fruits and vegetables for dinner the night before.
You will be given oral fleet to clear your bowels the night before the procedure.
Fast for 8 hours prior to the procedure.
Stop any prescription of aspirin or other blood thinning medications with your doctor’s advice.
During the surgery
You will be given sedation to help you fall asleep during the procedure.
The procedure usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour.
An endoscope, which is a long and flexible tube with a camera at the end, is inserted through your anus.This enables your surgeon to determine the exact location of your polyp.
Your surgeon loops a thin wire, called a snare, around the base of the polyp. Heat is used to burn the polyp off to remove it. This heat also seals the wound to avoid bleeding.
The polyps will also be sent to the laboratory for testing.
After the procedure is done, the scope will be gently removed.
After the procedure
You may be discharged on the day of the procedure or the day after.
Most people recover completely within a few hours.
You may have to avoid food and drinks which irritate your digestive system as instructed. These include coffee, tea, alcohol and spicy foods.
Arrange a follow up appointment with your doctor within one to two weeks after the procedure.
Dr Ganesh is a patient and friendly doctor. I went to him for a scope as my stomach started feeling bloated all the time and I read that this could be something serious.
Because it’s the first time I am doing a gastroscopy and colonoscopy, I had plenty of questions to ask but I could feel his experience as he went through the do’s and don’ts.
My scope went painless and thanks to the G&L team, I understood that my insurance can be used so the procedure was cashless too.
As it turns out, I had stomach ulcers, which I have suspected for some time but because it was not too serious yet, Dr Ganesh suggests that I can avoid surgery for the time being. I followed his advice and medication and this is now 3 weeks after the scope and I do not have any discomfort.
Thank you Dr Ganesh and the team at G&L Surgical!
Dr Ganesh is one the friendliest doctors that I have spoken with. He’s very friendly and patient and always seems to have a very calm disposure. When I had to see him for scopes, the entire process was smooth and simple. I felt very assured and comforted after my consultation and treatment. The staff are also really nice and attentive, ready to ask if I need any help.
They also gave clear instructions and planned the procedure in detail so I simply had to show on the day of the procedure and everything is ready.
Thank you to Jiaxin, Ann and Angeline for being such lovely angels.
I had a great experience with Dr Ganesh. His explanation of the scope procedure was easy for me and my dad to understand. My dad is in his 60s and couldn’t speak English well. Surprisingly, Dr Ganesh could explain some of the points in Chinese and my Dad was able to understand it. His staff was also on standby throughout the consultation to help us with the translation which I greatly appreciated.
Thanks to his team, my dad had a smooth scope and all is great. Thank you to G&L team!
After hearing many stories, I was so glad that my scope experience is nothing like what I have heard after meeting Dr Ganesh.
He is a nice and friendly indian doctor, explaining in Tamil for me to also understand better because I couldn’t speak English well. I know I made the right choice since he is a caring doctor.
Thank you so much Dr Ganesh. You are awesome.
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Dr. Ganesh Ramalingam
Specialist in General Surgery
As a strong proponent of treating the patient holistically instead of just their condition, Dr Ganesh Ramalingam advises patients as to how they can manage their daily habits and diets to lead healthier lifestyles. As a consultant with G&L Surgical Clinic specialising in General Surgery, he sees many patients with conditions related to the stomach and is skilled in bariatric surgery, upper GI and hernia surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, endoscopies, and trauma.
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