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A polypectomy is a procedure in which polyps, abnormal tissue growths, are removed from the inside of the colon and large intestine during a colonoscopy.
When left untreated, polyps in the large intestine can occasionally cause blood loss, abnormalities in bowel movements, and abdominal pain. Polyps can also be precancerous and if left untreated, they can grow and develop into colon cancer. Performing a polypectomy can treat these symptoms and, in some cases, prevent colon cancer years later.