Had colonoscopy yesterday, two polyps removed...what should do/expect next?

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   Posted 4/17/2010 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, just thought I'd write in. Had my colonoscopy and was informed that two polyps were removed one from my sigmoid colon and in the lower area (yes, rectum). Now I'm scared, what does this mean exactly? I won't know the results for a couple of weeks. I don't know the size or shape of them, as I didn't ask because I expected an OK c/scope results with only some inflammation, so this sort of threw me for a loop! Has anyone ever had this before? My thoughts are the worst, so in some weird way, I won't be disappointed, does that make sense? When I get to see the doctor again, what should I ask about. Of course the biggest question for me to ask will be, is it malignant or benign?

Currently, I am in no flare with the UC, just mildly as a result of the prep stuff to drink before the procedure, still taking, now 6 asacol per day and doing OK.

I'm not sure what to think.
45 years old, Ontario, Canada. Now taking asacol 400 mg - 2 4x/day. Entocort enemas prescribed but not using again yet.
Mild flare up now since 2nd week in Jan.10.
Another bad flare in late fall 2008, no prednisone this time, was available but chose not to. Only on asacol at that time. Remission from Aug to Dec 2009, but it took longer this time to some normalcy.
Flared up again in 2004, went into shock, hospitalized for one week, received 2 blood transfusions, prednisone, metronidazole, and the usual asacol. Remission early 2005 until late fall 2008.
It all started late fall of 2000 rec'd antibiotics for sinus infection, c-diff, ulcerative colitis, remission early 2001 until late fall of 2004.

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   Posted 4/17/2010 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
my very first colonoscopy I had with my initial diagnosis showed a large polyp which was removed and was benign...I believe most typically are. I know I also have one in my gall bladder and in my right sinus cavity. I haven't had any further polyps in my colon since the first was removed. All you can do is really wait for the lab reports but a polyp doesn't necessarily mean there is trouble.
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   Posted 4/17/2010 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I had polyps removed about 19 years ago, and one turned out to be an adenoma..... the end result (so to speak) was that I had a follow-up scoping 3 months later(or was it 6? - can't remember) and I've had yearly scopings since.
And I've had no more polyps since.

How long had it been since your last colonoscopy?

If I were in your shoes I'd call the GI for further conversation, probably the middle of next week. I'd call and explain to the phone person that I had some questions that were causing me a lot of anxiety which was upsetting me so much I was afraid it could send me into bleeding and flaring and really needed to speak to the doc.
Keep us posted!
Age 54. Diagnosed UP 1983, UC 1986
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   Posted 4/17/2010 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I would first relax and be patient for the follow up with your doctor.  Polyps are quite common in the colon and are often just inflammatory tissue.  Be glad you had a colonscopy and had them removed.  I have them as well, had them removed and my path report just stated it was inflammatory tissue, no more.  There are many people with no UC who have polyps removed.  One of dear friends just had his colonscopy due to having turned 50.  A polyp was discovered and he just had a foot of his large intestine removed.  He is doing well and it was benign.
In closing many people who have colonscopies have had polyps removed, there are different kinds, psuedopolyps, etc...  The important thing is to have them looked.  Usually they are just tags of inflammation, nothing more.
39 Year Old Male, Dentist
Dx: Ulcerative Colitis 1996 via colonscopy and biopsy.  Pancolitis with chronic and moderate inflammation.
Started UC around 92.
Past Meds: Asacol and occasionally Prednisone
Have had 6 colonscopies throughout my hx with UC.
Current Meds: Imuran, started with 200 mg and recently lowered it to 150 mg
Most recent colonscopy 2009 after 6 months of Imuran, colon is 90% healed
Currently in remission

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   Posted 4/17/2010 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I just had a flex sigmoidoscopy on Wed. He found a couple polyps..or maybe one..cant remember and he said it was dur to inflammation. He did NOT remove it. I am wondering why now..
do they just go away on their own?
28 yr old female
Pancolitis since Aug 2006
Been a constant battle since Feb 08 after the birth of my son
HUMIRA JUL2008- JAN 2010
Salofalk 8 pills a day
Salofalk 4g Enemas nightly, started March 9/2010
Fish oil, VSL 1 packet per day, Vit D, Vit C, Vit B12 3x weekly , reduced red meat, refined grains and dairy
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   Posted 4/17/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
     My last colonoscopy was in May of 08.  I usually have them every two years but now my doctor said he would like to do one every year since I have had UP for eleven years.  Never had any polyps nor dysplasia, only inflammation in the rectum.  Rest of colon clear as a bell.
Ulcerative Proctitis since Sept of 1998. Hospitalized for eight days.  Prednisone, Asacol, Rowasa enemas.  Two year remission. Flare..switched from Asacol to Colazal.  Two year remission.  Started 6MP in 2002.  Flared yearly from 2003 to May of 08.  Hospitalized for ten days in May of 08.  Flaring more often since.  Off 6MP. Remicade failed. Now on Humira, Colazal, 20 mgm of Pred and tapering, Cort enemas, Canasa, Calcium with D, Benecar with water pill for blood pressure.  Ambien/Tylenol PM for sleep.


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   Posted 4/17/2010 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a couple of regular polyps removed about 5 years ago and nothing became of it. Three years ago I had a couple more regular polyps removed and last year I had a couple of flat lesion polyps removed. Again nothing came of them. The flat lesion polyps were definitely more concerning. I had another colonoscopy yesterday and the doctor removed three pseudo-polyps which are apparently less of a concern than a regular polyp. It will be another week or so before I get the lab results back for all of the biopsies. I expect them to be normal but I'll keep my fingers crossed just in case.

My recommendation would be to not be overly concerned. I try to think positively, if they find something then I can finally be cured of this disease.
44 - male - Diagnosed with pancolitis in 1998
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   Posted 4/17/2010 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd be scared as well....it's good they were removed and will be checked. You'll have to go by the results. Maybe another scope in a year would be a good thing if all is clear....if there are no polyps with the next scope, maybe every 2 years will be what will suffice.

I would suggest that if you can take the Salofalk retention enemas to start using them.....it covers the rectum and sigmoid...helps regarding cellular changes towards cancer, and may help the prevention of the polyps if they're not UC-related.


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   Posted 5/23/2010 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I had endoscopy done 10 years ago - one polyp removed. Had colonoscopy done yesterday (due to bleeding). Dr. never came to see me after but nurse said on instruction sheet polyp(s) removed and sent away for biopsy. Can't believe the doctor never came in or scheduled follow-up appointment or anything. Other doctors were coming in to patients saying all good, or etc. I'm 47 female. I don't know size, number or location of polyp(s). Any thoughts while I await the biopsy? Thanks,

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   Posted 5/23/2010 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Request a copy of the complete colonscopy report and the biopsy report from your primary care doctor. She should have it and can get a free copy if she doesn't. If you don't have one, ask in writing for one from the GI.You might have to pay for it. Don't go back and send him a letter telling him why afterward. GI/colonscopy mill practices were very profitable a few years back and competition has cut into that in most cities. Some are bitter and cutting corners because living on only $300k a year is tough and not what they expected. I got treated like a dish rag at my local colonscopy mill and will simply find another doctor. Not speaking with you is a breech of normal practice but you probably missed nothing.

Don't freak out over polyps. Cancerous polyps are the most common type of cancer but almost always very slow growing and most polyps will never become cancerous. Check the Mayo and John Hopkins web sites for info. They run in my family and nobody has ever had even a precancerous polyp. I had one that was twice the size of a golf ball taken out in january. The first 2 stages of cancerous polyps are very curable also.
Diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis as my 50th birthday present Dec 2009
4.8 grams Asacol HD plus 1000mg canasa daily for 8 weeks

Now on 1.6 gr Asacol HD daily,fish oil, homemade yogurt, pscillium husk,glucosamine sulfate,turmeric and Mutaflor(e. coli nissle).

Will begin fazing in boswellia,s. boulardii, and bromelain for both UC and/or back/joint inflammation soon.

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   Posted 5/25/2010 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
It's not unusual to find 2 polyps in lower colon/rectum whether or not the patient has IBD. Did the doctor's staff give you follow-up instructions? Mine always advises to take things easy for ca. 10 days after the scope/polypectomy, don't do heavy housework or long car trips. Hopefully, your biopsy results will put your mind at rest soon. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC; presently in remission taking brandname Colazal)

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   Posted 5/26/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my annual colonoscopy a few weeks ago. Polyps removed, diverticulitis, hemis, left-sided UC. I'm close to 65 and diagnosed years ago so, I'm in that danger zone where the odds go up for colon cancer. I had been having a lot of joint and muscle pain before my exam. Since the exam, I have mostly watery diarrhea and the hip and back pain is worse. No bleeding (yet) but something isn't right. This seems to have started when I finally was weaned off Entocort. My last flare from Hades had me on 3 6MP pills, 3 Entocort, and 12 Colazal plus Colocort and Canasa. After my pee turned dark and I was bruising all over, my Gastro told me to quit the 6MP. Seems that method is cheaper than blood monitoring for 6MP. Just wait until you overdose, then start tapering. If I have to get back on the serious med (6MP), I'm going to find another dr. I have a friend recently diagnosed with Crohn's. He finally went to a medical group in a neighboring state and said it was like being on another planet compared to the way he was shuffled around the local hospitals. When I came to from my exam, I asked my gastro what to do about all the joint and muscle pain. He said, on his way out the door, take two Aleve. In other words, take two aspirin and call me in the morning.

Don't worry too much about a polyp or two but, if your doctor doesn't treat you with respect, find another.
Left-sided UC Diagnosed 2004

Iron Deficiency Anemia Diagnosed 2007

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   Posted 8/21/2015 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I just had a colonoscopy about an hour ago.. they found ONE polyp about the size of a dime.. I have one week to wait for test from biop, scared kind of.. never had a scope until now,.. katie50..

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   Posted 8/21/2015 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey katie, this is a really old thread. You may want to start a new one. Though this board is really for UC, not so much specific to scopes and polyps.

I had a polyp once. It was precancerous but they removed the whole thing and I was rechecked many times and never had another. Hopefully it is nothing to worry about. The size is concerning in my opinion, but whatever the result, there are many options. Likely it is nothing to worry about. Try to stay calm.
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