Treatments for Colon Polyps

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Your doctor will be able to see colon polyps during a colonoscopy and other colorectal screenings. The polyp is often removed to determine if it’s cancerous or not. Your treatment will depend on the size of the polyp. Often, if the polyp is larger than one cm, it’s more likely to encompass cancer cells. There are different types of polyps: hyperplastic, adenomatous and sessile.  

Regular screenings are the best option to prevent polyps from becoming cancerous. Surgery is necessary in rare cases where the polyp is too large to be removed during a colonoscopy. Your Spectrum Health colorectal team works closely with you to develop the right treatment plan. 

Treatments We Provide


A colonoscopy is nothing to shy away from. The traditional colonoscopy provides accurate testing for colon cancer in its early stages. We are also able to remove any polyps at the same time, which is an important part of cancer prevention. 

CT Colonography

Also called "virtual colonoscopy," this is a non-invasive form of the traditional colonoscopy. Instead of using an internal scope, images of the colon are taken using a special CT scan. It does not require pain medication or anesthesia. This procedure is not covered by all health insurance providers. Talk with yours to see if the CT colonography is covered by your plan. If not, it may be worth investigating costs for self-pay. We want you to avoid colon cancer, so let's talk.


Your care team may recommend surgery for colon polyps if it's large in size and cannot be removed during a colonoscopy procedure.