Benign Conditions of the Colon

The Mount Sinai Health System has extensive experience treating benign conditions of the colon.

Colon polyps

Colon polyps are usually detected and removed during a colonoscopy. During this procedure, polyps are removed using a wire that simultaneously removes the polyp and gently burns its base to prevent bleeding. Polyps that are too large or cannot be safely removed through this procedure may be surgically removed, usually through minimally invasive techniques. It is important to have these polyps removed and analyzed in order to detect cancer.

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Virtually all colon and rectal cancers begin as benign polyps. Detection and removal of these polyps will prevent cancer from forming, so it is vitally important to undergo periodic screenings. Your doctor will recommend which tests are appropriate for you and how often you should have them.

Rectal prolapse

Rectal prolapse is a condition that occurs when your rectum falls completely outside your body due to lack of internal support.

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Surgery is usually necessary to treat rectal prolapse. Depending on many factors, such as your overall health and personal preference, you can have an abdominal procedure — often laparoscopically — or a rectal procedure, in which no incisions are made on the outside of your body.

We can help

Mount Sinai’s Digestive Disease Services consistently ranks in the top 10 across the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Please call us to learn how we can help you or a loved one. We are conveniently located in the Upper East Side of New York City.

For a list of surgeons who treat benign conditions of the colon, please visit our colon and rectal surgeons page.


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