10. Basic Principles and Techniques of Polypectomy

  1. Jerome D. Waye MD,
  2. James Aisenberg MD and
  3. Peter H. Rubin MD

Published Online: 10 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118553442.ch10

Practical Colonoscopy

Practical Colonoscopy

How to Cite

Waye, J. D., Aisenberg, J. and Rubin, P. H. (2013) Basic Principles and Techniques of Polypectomy, in Practical Colonoscopy, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118553442.ch10

Author Information

  1. Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 18 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470670583

Online ISBN: 9781118553442



  • Polyp;
  • Adenoma;
  • Sessile serrated polyp;
  • Sessile polyp;
  • Pedunculated polyp;
  • Paris criteria for polyp nomenclature;
  • Snare;
  • Retrieval devices;
  • Tattoo;
  • Hemostasis


The colonoscopist must know how to perform basic polypectomy and have the equipment available to accomplish it. Most polyps can be removed during the index colonoscopy, but some are too large or too difficult and require a second colonoscopy for polypectomy. The endoscopist and gastrointestinal assistant must work as a team to maximize safety, effectiveness, and efficiency.