Colonoscopy and Colon Polyps
Viewer Question: I just had a colonoscopy and they found two non-cancerous colon polyps and one non-cancerous lipoma (no previous polyps prior), when should I have my next colonoscopy?
Doctor's Response: Lipomas (benign tumors consisting of fat) are benign, that is, they are not cancerous. If the pathologist (the doctor who examines the polyp) is confident that the polyp is a lipoma, no further tests or surveillance will be necessary.
When to perform the next colonoscopy after removal of two non-cancerous, non-lipomatous polyps depends on several issues:
- The size of the polyps.
- The Completeness of the excision.
- The degree of atypia in the cells that make up the polyps. (Atypia is a term pathologists use to describe cells that appear to be in the process of turning cancerous.)
- The quality of the colon preparation and visualization.