New colonoscopy guidelines tackle oversurveillance

And detailed advice for follow-up after serrated sessile adenomas is included
Clare Pain
colonoscopy device being held by surgeon

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

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.