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What are the advantages and disadvantages of endoscopic polyp removal?

The main advantage of endoscopic polyp removal is preservation of normal colonic anatomy. It's less invasive than surgery and is generally an outpatient procedure. There's less risk of complications, for example, infection, leaks or wound issues.

The main disadvantage of endoscopic polyp removal is residual adenoma. This means that a small or even microscopic amount of polyp (adenoma) may have not been removed and there is a risk of growth of this into a larger adenoma or even a cancer. The risk of residual adenoma can be anywhere between 10 percent and 20 percent.  As long as recommended surveillance colonoscopy is followed, residual adenoma can usually be detected and eradicated or removed.

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