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What Is a Cervical Polypectomy?


Cervical polypectomy is an in-office procedure performed to remove cervical polyps. Cervical polyps are benign growths in the cervical canal that can bring about discomfort and irregular bleeding in affected individuals. At North Carolina OB/GYN & Midwifery at Holly Springs UNC Health Care, we are dedicated to detecting cervical polyps as early as possible and are highly qualified to remove these growths with cervical polypectomy.

Understanding Cervical Polypectomy

A cervical polypectomy is an option for individuals diagnosed with cervical polyps. It is performed to remove the growths that, while generally benign, can cause disruptive symptoms such as irregular bleeding and pelvic discomfort. 

Depending on the location, size, and shape of the cervical polyp to be removed, our doctor will perform one of three cervical polypectomy techniques: snare polypectomy, electrocautery, or excision. He or she can determine the optimal approach for the patient’s needs after a thorough physical examination of the treatment area.

Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates have been diagnosed with cervical polyps through a pelvic examination or other diagnostic methods. Candidates should be in good general health and must not have any health conditions that affect post-op healing. Pregnant women will be advised to postpone cervical polypectomy. 

Your Consultation

Before proceeding with cervical polypectomy, a consultation with a gynecologist is necessary. During this consultation, we will review the patient’s medical history, including any previous gynecological issues or surgeries. Additionally, we will discuss the patient’s symptoms and concerns related to cervical polyps. 

A pelvic examination will allow our doctor to confirm the presence of polyps, assess their size and location, and determine if surgery is the most appropriate treatment. If so, we will explain the procedure, its benefits, and potential risks. We will address any questions or concerns that the patient may have. 

The Procedure

The cervical polypectomy procedure is relatively straightforward and can take 20 minutes to an hour. It is typically an outpatient procedure. First, the patient is positioned on the examination table, similar to a routine pelvic exam. The doctor may administer local anesthesia to numb the cervix for the patient’s comfort. 

The doctor will then employ specialized instruments, such as forceps or a polyp snare, to grasp the polyp and gently remove it from the cervix. Electrocautery or excision may be needed in more complex cases. 

Recovery Period

Recovery from cervical polypectomy is minimal. The patient will be able to go home right after the procedure. The patient may experience mild cramping or spotting for up to a few days. 

Most individuals can resume regular activities within a day or two after the procedure. The patient may need follow-up appointments to monitor recovery and ensure that symptoms have resolved.

How Much Does a Cervical Polypectomy Cost?

The cost of cervical polypectomy procedures can vary depending on several factors, such as the specific technique(s) required for optimal results. Some health insurance plans may partially or fully cover the cost of cervical polypectomy, while others may require a copayment or more significant out-of-pocket expenses. 

Contact Us to Learn More

If you believe you are a candidate for cervical polypectomy, we encourage you to meet one of our gynecologists to discuss your options and begin your journey toward improved well-being. Contact us at North Carolina OB/GYN & Midwifery at Holly Springs UNC Health Care to schedule a consultation today!

Give us a call at 919-567-6133

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