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Your senior health care physician will want to check you for polyps in your colon. The procedure to remove polyps during a colonoscopy is simple: a thin snare wire passes through the colonoscope, encircling the polyp. The snare is then tightened and an electric current is passed through the wire that cuts off the polyp. The poly is removed from the colon and sent to a pathologist for further examination. Most all polyps are benign. The removal of polyps does not cause pain.