Colon polyps care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Doctors specializing in gastroenterology and hepatology evaluate and treat colon polyps at Mayo Clinic. If you have Crohn's disease or another medical condition, Mayo Clinic specialists will collaborate with your primary care doctor to form the best treatment plan.

Having all this expertise in a single place means that your care is discussed among the team, test results are available quickly, appointments are scheduled in coordination and the most highly specialized experts in the world are all working together for your health.

Experience and expertise

Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors treat more than 2,300 people for colon polyps. Mayo Clinic specialists have experience treating people with rare hereditary polyp disorders, including Lynch syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and its variations (attenuated FAP, Gardner's syndrome and MAP), juvenile polyposis, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, Cowden's disease, and Cronkhite-Canada syndrome.

Efficient care

At Mayo Clinic, colon polyps are usually removed when they are found or later that day, sparing you an extra trip to the clinic and another round of bowel preparation.

Expertise and rankings

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors use the most advanced techniques available to find colon polyps. During a colonoscopy, other techniques, such as high-definition narrow band imaging or special staining, may be used to enhance polyp detection.

Mayo specialists may also use a special microscope (probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy) to distinguish noncancerous from cancerous polyps. The probe provides the same level of detail as a traditional microscope outside the body.

Mayo Clinic surgeons are committed to using minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy, to treat even very large polyps and early cancers.

Research leaders

Mayo Clinic researchers are working to improve diagnosis and treatment of colon polyps. Specific efforts include developing and assessing enhanced screening methods for colon polyps and for hereditary polyp disorders, as well as the natural history of FAP.

Mayo Clinic patients in Minnesota are placed on a colorectal cancer prevention registry and updated on new screening techniques and procedures. Mayo researchers are working to discover more genetic mutations that cause hereditary polyp disorders.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for digestive disorders.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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