Polyps Specialist

Digestive Disease Care

Gastroenterologists & Hepatologists located in Babylon, Lake Success, East Setauket, Mineola, Jericho, Forest Hills, & Jamaica, NY

If you have rectal bleeding or abdominal pain, don’t put off diagnostic screening for polyps. At Digestive Disease Care, with offices throughout New York in Babylon, East Setauket, Mineola, Lake Success, and Jericho in Long Island, and Jamaica and Forest Hills in Queens, the skilled gastroenterology team offers comprehensive care for bothersome polyps. They work with the experts at New Hyde Park Endoscopy on Long Island in Lake Success, New York, to provide accurate diagnostic testing, biopsies, and treatment services to protect the health of your colon and reduce your risk for cancer. Schedule an evaluation for polyps by calling Digestive Disease Care or by booking an appointment online today.

Polyps Q & A

What are polyps?

Polyps are abnormal tissue growths that can appear raised or flat bumps. Polyps can grow on several areas of the body, including your colon, or large intestine, the tube at the end of your digestive tract that makes and stores stool.

While many polyps are harmless and cause no symptoms, some polyps can grow large enough to disrupt the function of your colon. Polyps can also become malignant, and some with polyps can be at increased risk for colon cancer.

What are the symptoms of polyps?

You can have polyps without any symptoms. You should schedule diagnostic testing at Digestive Disease Care as soon as possible if you develop symptoms like:

  • Bloody stool
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Persistent abdominal pain

Diarrhea or constipation lasting longer than a week also requires diagnostic testing.

How are polyps diagnosed?

The team at Digestive Disease Care provides comprehensive care for troublesome polyps at New Hyde Park Endoscopy, a new ambulatory endoscopic surgery center on Long Island in Lake Success, New York. The accredited facility exceeds nationally recognized standards for personalized care and patient safety.

At New Hyde Park Endoscopy, you can receive diagnostic procedures, like a colonoscopy, to evaluate the size and location of polyps. These minimally invasive tests allow the medical team to carefully view the inner structures of your colon on an external monitor.

Your provider inserts a slender instrument with an attached light and camera into the anus and moves it through your lower digestive tract.

How are polyps treated?

During a colonoscopy, your provider may opt to perform a biopsy, removing a sample of tissue or the entire polyp. They send the sample to a medical lab for review under a microscope to determine if cells in the polyp are cancerous.

If they need to remove additional polyps that they can’t be treated during a colonoscopy, your provider may recommend laparoscopic surgery. Through a small incision, your provider uses a slender laparoscope to remove large polyps that interfere with the function of your colon.

In the event your biopsy shows cancerous cells, your Digestive Disease Care provider customizes a treatment plan that focuses on removing existing cancerous tissue to prevent the spread of cancer to other areas of your body.

If you have symptoms of polyps and need a diagnostic evaluation, call Digestive Disease Care, or book an appointment online today.