Are there any risks?

Are there any risks?

This test is very safe, but there are some risks associated with this procedure.

These include:

  • A reaction to the sedative. The sedative can affect your breathing making it more slow and shallow;
  • When a biopsy is taken or a polyp is removed, rarely there may be a little bleeding. (Risk approximately one for every 100 to 200 examinations where a polyp is removed). If this does not stop within 24 hours or is excessive, please contact the Spencer Private Hospital Ward or Accident and Emergency (A&E);
  • Perforation, which is a little tear in the wall of the colon, this is also rare. (Risk approximately one for every 1000 examinations). This would require a short stay in hospital and treatment with antibiotics, or very occasionally may require surgical repair;
  • A feeling of bloating due the air we need to insert so we can clearly see where we are.

Please talk to your endoscopist before your examination if you have any worries about these risks.



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