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Healthcare: Women's Health & Maternity

Polypectomy

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Polypectomy is a procedure used to remove polyps.

Polyps are small fingerlike growths that may form on the cervix (cervical polyps) or the lining of the uterus (endometrial or uterine polyps). In most cases these polyps are benign, or noncancerous.

A polypectomy can help relieve polyp symptoms such as abnormal bleeding or heavy menstrual bleeding.

Polyps are typically easily removed through hysteroscopy, a minimally invasive approach used to view inside the cervix or uterus.

The procedure, also known as a hysteroscopic polypectomy, uses a small, thin scope with a light and camera attached. The scope is inserted through the vagina and into the cervical canal or uterine cavity to look for polyps. If a polyp is found, it can be removed with surgical instruments also attached to the scope.

After removal, all polyps should be examined under a microscopic for signs of cancer.

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