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Biopsy

Biopsy

December 29, 2021
Ray Scott Daugherty, MD
Ray Scott Daugherty, MD

Colon and Rectal Surgery

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When you’re getting a colonoscopy, the gastroenterologist may find a tumor or a large polyp. At that time, they’ll either determine that the polyp or lesion is resectable, or they may take a biopsy. The biopsy is actually performed with a forceps that has a small claw at the end that actually takes a piece of the polyp or mass. Sometimes they’ll actually perform what’s called a snare polypectomy or a snare biopsy, and this is actually a wire that goes around the polyp and cuts through it and takes a chunk of the polyp or mass off at that time.