Colon Polyps

Tissue growths known as polyps that appear on the colon’s surface are usually harmless. They’re often found, and removed, by Digestive Health Center doctors during a routine colon cancer screening exam such as a colonoscopy.


How are Colon Polyps Removed?

It depends on the size of the polyp, whether it’s a spec or several inches. Your Digestive Health Center doctor can burn off tiny polyps or remove them with wire loops or biopsy instruments. For larger polyps, a wire loop inserted through the colonoscope delivers an electrical current that eliminates the growth. This technique is called snare polypectomy.

Once removed, a polyp is analyzed under a microscope to determine its type and whether it’s cancerous.


Who Can Get a Colon Polyp?

Anyone can get a polyp, but you’re at greater risk if:

  • There’s a family history of polyps or colon cancer
  • Polyps have been found during previous screenings
  • You’re overweight
  • You’re over 50 years old

If You Have a Family History of Colon Cancer

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s Genetic Counseling & Testing Program, using tests that start with a blood or saliva sample, looks for mutations or alterations in genes that can increase your risk of cancer.

Learn More


Symptoms of a Colon Polyp

Colon polyps are usually symptom-free, but it’s possible you’ll experience:

  • Diarrhea, constipation or pain for more than a week
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Bloody stool
  • Rectal bleeding

Types of Colon Polyps

Here are three types of colon polyps:

  • Adenomatous: The most common, with most never becoming cancerous
  • Hyperplastic: Harmless. These never develop into cancer
  • Malignant: Contain cancer cells

How You Can Help Prevent Colon Polyps

Maintaining a healthy diet and a healthy weight can help prevent colon polyps. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other high-fiber foods and lean meat should be the foundation of your diet.

Increasing the amount of vitamin D and calcium in your diet can help, too. Look to yogurt, milk, cheese, broccoli, eggs and fish as good sources of both.

Avoid:

  • Fried and other high-fat foods
  • Red meat (beef, pork)
  • Processed foods

Regular exercise and quitting smoking also are prime ways to reduce the risk of colon polyps.


Make an Appointment

Call to schedule an appointment with a GI specialist at Hartford Hospital.
Ask your doctor for a referral before you call.

Call 833.431.0004


Meet our Colon Polyps Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Blitzer, Avrum Harry, MD 860.972.0001
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Campbell, Brendan Thomas, MD 860.545.9520
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
Cappa, Joseph Anthony, MD 860.657.1920
  • Gastroenterology
  • Glastonbury
  • Bloomfield
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Caushaj, Fillor F., MD, PhD, FACS, FACG, FSSO 860.246.2071
  • General Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • New Britain
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Chaletsky, David Michael, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • West Hartford
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Cipolla, Donna Marie, MD 860.657.1920
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Glastonbury
  • Avon
  • West Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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Cohen, Jeffrey Lewis, MD, FACS, FASCRS 860.548.7336
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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Dost, Sara Naureen, MD 860.972.4183
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bridgeport
  • Hartford
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Einstein, Michael Mark, MD 860.972.4262
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Transplant Hepatology
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  • Hartford
Elias, Rawad, MD 860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
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Feldman, Thomas Alan, MD 860.409.4567
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • West Hartford
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Gelwan, Jeffrey Stuart, MD 860.657.1920
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Glastonbury
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Golioto, Michael John, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hartford
Ianello, Joseph Louis, MD 860.253.6867
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Enfield
  • Putnam
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Jo, Kevin Seungho, MD 203.886.0036
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wallingford
  • Hartford
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Johnson, Kristina Hope, MD, FACS, FASCRS 860.548.7336
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Johnson, Maria Elena, MD 203.626.6540
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Karasik, Michael Steven, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
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Koliani-Pace, Jenna L., MD 860.657.1920
  • Gastroenterology
  • Glastonbury
  • Farmington
  • Norwich
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Kopec, Krzysztof Lukasz, MD 860.409.4567
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • New Britain
  • Southington
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Mehendiratta, Vaibhav, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Norwich
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Moote, Douglas John, MD 860.289.3375
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Radiology
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • East Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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Moy, Brian Thomas, DO 860.644.4442
  • Gastroenterology
  • South Windsor
Nestler, Jeffry Laurence, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hartford
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
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Parikh, Neil D., MD 860.409.4567
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • Enfield
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Patel, Nihal Kirankumar, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Enfield
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Plotkin, Eileen K., MD 860.229.9688
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
Popli, Pallvi, MD 860.972.4183
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
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Sardella, William Vincent, MD 860.548.7336
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
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Schoenfeld, Adam Craig, MD 860.229.9688
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
  • Southington
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Selden, Michael Aaron, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Windsor
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Shapiro, Paul Alan, MD 860.243.5600
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
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Smedley, Michelle Victoria, MD 860.409.4567
  • Gastroenterology
  • Farmington
  • Bloomfield
  • Enfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
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Sotil, Eva, MD 860.972.4262
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Transplant Hepatology
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  • Hartford
Thurston, Kristy Tyler, MD 860.548.7336
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Manchester
  • Manchester
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Tishler, Darren Scott, MD, FACS, FASMBS 860.246.2071
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Glastonbury
  • Enfield
  • Farmington
  • Manchester
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Vignati, Paul Vincent, MD 860.548.7336
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Weiser, Jeffrey Steven, MD 860.409.4567
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
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Williamson, Jonathan Blair, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Farmington
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Wysocki, John David, MD 860.644.4442
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
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