Post-polypectomy follow-up recommendations by practicing academic gastroenterologists—does number of years in practice matter?

Kofi Clarke, Kara DiJoseph, Rachel White, Ibrahim Yaghnam, Roland Lee, Jonathan G. Stine

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Aim: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most deadly and fourth most common cancer worldwide. Early detection, resection, and appropriate surveillance of precursor polyps result in better outcomes. Colonoscopy is a safe, accurate, and effective tool for surveillance and follow-up of premalignant polyps. Recommended surveillance intervals are based on polyp, procedural, and patient-related factors. The United States Multi-Society Task Force (MSTF) on CRC publishes guidelines with periodic updates on surveillance. We sought to evaluate adherence to post-polypectomy surveillance guidelines by academic gastroenterologists at a high-volume center. Methods: One-year retrospective study evaluating compliance with post-polypectomy recommendations after average risk adult screening colonoscopies. Data was collected on number and size of polyps, quality of bowel prep, initial follow-up recommendations, polyp pathology, and follow-up recommendations. Correlation with the 2012 MSTF guidelines was also evaluated. Endoscopist experience was categorized as greater or less than 10 years of practice experience. Binomial regression was used to model the association between the providers’ years of experience (<10 vs. >10) and the likelihood of agreement between initial assessment and post-pathology assessment. Results: There was a greater than 85% adherence to post-polypectomy surveillance guidelines, independent of endoscopist experience. Conclusion: There is a high level of adherence to post-polypectomy guidelines by practicing academic gastroenterologists independent of post-fellowship clinical experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)979-982
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Colorectal Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gastroenterology


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