Background: Polypectomy techniques have been implicated as factors in the effectiveness of polyp resection. The range of polypectomy practices among gastroenterologists in Israel is unknown.
Methods: A structured survey was sent to all Israeli gastroenterology departments in all 15 major academic hospitals and to 3 central outpatient clinics.
Results: The survey was completed by 100 clinicians (45% contacted) derived from 13 of 15 academic centers (85%) and from all 3 outpatient clinics. Significant differences were noted in the preferred polypectomy for the resection of polyps 1-3 mm and 7-9 mm in diameter whereas for those polyps 4-6 mm in diameter, both the hot forceps and hot snare were most commonly used technique. Coagulation was employed in 42% of cases, pure cutting in 20% and blend current in 38% of cases. Narrow band imaging was used by 54% of practitioners, and only 33% of gastroenterologists regularly used dye spraying techniques. When removing pedunculated polyps >1 cm in diameter, 75% did not use any specific measures designed to prevent perforation or hemorrhage. Performance of >300 colonoscopies per year was associated with a greater use of dye spraying techniques and working in a hospital was more likely to be accompanied by clip deployment to larger polypectomy stalks as part of the procedure.
Conclusion: Our results demonstrate considerable heterogeneity in the techniques used for removal of polyps <1 cm. Most practitioners do not regularly use advanced techniques for polyp detection or for the prevention of post-polypectomy bleeding.
Keywords: Colonoscopic polypectomy; practice survey.