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What usually happens after colon polyps are removed?

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  • ARodney Kratz, Colon & Rectal Surgery, answered on behalf of Swedish

    Patients normally are able to resume full activity and an unlimited diet immediately after colon polyp removal. The doctor should be notified promptly if bleeding persists, or if abdominal pain, fever, chills, or difficulty urinating are noted.

    If intravenous medication was given during the procedure, one should not drive, drink alcoholic beverages, or make important decisions for 24 hours after the procedure.

    When specimens are sent to the pathologist, on average it takes four working days to process the specimen and give it careful consideration. The report should be back in your doctor's office within one week.

    Follow-up treatment depends on the type of colon polyps and whether they are benign or malignant. This will be discussed with you when the results of the pathology examination are known.

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