Jefferson University Hospitals

Digestive Health Institute

Complex Colon Polyp Center


The Jefferson Complex Colon Polyp Center team includes physicians, nurses and technicians who are expertly trained in the advanced endoscopic techniques and devices necessary for the successful non-surgical removal of large complex colon polyps or early-stage colon cancers.

Using the latest cutting-edge technology, our specialists perform procedures including endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), underwater EMR and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) in combination with high definition magnification and narrow band imaging technologies.

We collaborate with our expert pathologists to review biopsies previously done at other hospitals and utilize their expertise to analyze polyps removed at Jefferson for polyp type, presence of pre-cancer (dysplasia) and resection margin. Polyps or cancers that cannot be removed endoscopically are skillfully managed by Jefferson’s outstanding Department of Surgery.

If additional cancer treatment is needed, we collaborate with our experts at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health who provide exceptional, personalized oncologic care.

This multidisciplinary team approach ensures excellent patient experiences and outcomes.


Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among men and women 45 years and older, which is why screenings (colonoscopies) are essential. Colon polyps can take years to develop into cancer. Screenings can detect these polyps, which allows doctors the chance to remove them before they turn into cancer.

If colorectal cancer has occurred, it can still be detected early during screenings, which may make it easier to treat if it is small and hasn’t spread. The survival rate for those who have colorectal cancer that was detected earlier is much higher than those who don’t get screened.

Recovery Time

Depending on what procedure you have done at The Jefferson Complex Colon Polyp Center, as well as other factors (age, weight, etc.) your recovery time may vary.

For those who undergo endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), the procedure is done same-day and the majority of people will go home and drink clear liquids for 24 hours.

Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) or Endoscopic full thickness resection (EFTR), on the other hand, may require an overnight hospital stays. Your recovery will be monitored in the days after the procedure.

If surgical removal of a segment of the colon is required, your stay at the hospital may vary from 3-7 days and recovery takes between 2-6 weeks.

Make an Appointment

For more information, call 215-955-8900.

To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) or

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