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Polypectomy is the most commonly performed therapeutic intervention and all colonoscopists should be able to perform the procedure safely and effectively.  Practice has evolved considerably in recent years and there is now a range of equipment and techniques available for different clinical settings.  The purpose of this course is to highlight areas of good practice and promote the use of standardised protocols. 

The combined footage has a total duration of approximately 1 hour. The estimated time needed to complete the course, including the final assessment, is 1 h 20 mins.
Please note that the management of large complex polyps by EMR or ESD is outside the scope of this course

This course was developed by: UEG.

  • To understand the importance of communication, patient information and consent
  • To be aware of the indications and contraindications for colonic polypectomy
  • To understand the elements of polypectomy and polyp retrieval
  • To be aware of complications

Lead author:
Dr Stuart Riley is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.  

Co-author and Editor
Dr Bjorn Rembacken is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Endoscopist at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.  

This course is suitable for gastroenterologists, other physicians, surgeons and nursing staff involved in endoscopy.

  • The course is designed to last approximately 80 minutes in total and will cover the topics of accreditation, consent, indications, assessment of the lesion, team work, specific techniques, complications and polyp retrieval. 
  • All authors and the course editor have declared that they have no conflicts of interest in relation to the material in this course. 
  • The production of this course was funded entirely by UEG. No external sponsorship was received.
  • The material used in this course was prepared in 2017.
  • Learners are invited to test their knowledge at the beginning and the end of the course via a series of 10 MCQs.
  • The course has a pass mark of 70%. Those scoring less than the required pass mark are encouraged to revisit the course and retake the assessment.

Release Date: October 2017

            This course, made available on www.ueg.eu and organised by United European Gastroenterology, is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to award 1 European CME credit (ECMEC).
            Each medical specialist should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). Only those e-learning materials that are displayed on the UEMS-EACCME website have formally been accredited.