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Hello, let me read your question so I can give you the attention you deserve.
How large was the polyp?
APPARENTLY VERY SMALL
The gastroenterologist that is doing the colonoscopy can often times tell if a polyp appears beign or is concerning. Additionally, a broad-based polyp is much more likely to bleed
Most likely the gastroenterologist with their years of experience deemed that from past experience the polyp appeared benign and would follow up on it at the time of your next colonoscopy.
sometimes they even place a little tattoo at the site of polyps and also where they've removed polyps.
The olnly thing that concerns me is that I was recommended to come back in 5 years . Does that sound reasonable?
Yep, so he can follow up that polyp
They space the colonoscopy times out close enough that if you follow recommendations you can catch a cancer as it shows up..
tHE ONLY THING THAT CONCERNS ME IS THAT THEY TOLD ME TO COME BACK IN 5 YEARS. iS THAT REASONABLE?
Any sooner of a followup most likely would not be any more beneficial than 5years
Any further question? I see you are typing?
i'M NOT SURE YOU GOT THE NEXT PART OF MY QUESTION WHICH CONCERNS THE AMOUNT OF TIME OF THE NEXT COLONOSCOPY WHICH APPARENTLY IS 5 YEARS.
Yes that is perfectly fine. Those recommendations are based on studies and the natural history of colon malignancies