New colonoscopy guidelines tackle oversurveillance

And detailed advice for follow-up after serrated sessile adenomas is included

Colonoscopies could be halved in patients who have had low-risk adenomas removed, freeing up overstretched services, new guidelines suggest.

colonoscopy device being held by surgeon

The updated Cancer Council Australia guidance says it’s safe to wait a decade before carrying out a follow-up colonoscopy in these patients, rather than routinely performing one five years after polypectomy as advised in its 2011 guidelines. 

This will reduce “over-servicing”, releasing valuable appointments for symptomatic patients or those with a positive faecal occult blood test, according to