Are there any risks?
This test is very safe, but there are some risks associated with this procedure.
- Damage to crowned teeth or dental bridgework.
- A reaction to the sedative. The sedative can affect your breathing making it slow and shallow.
- Fever (raised temperature).
- There is a slightly increased risk of developing a chest infection after this procedure.
- A feeling of bloating due to to the air we need to insert so we can clearly see where we are.
- A small amount of bleeding may occur following a biopsy.
- Perforation, which is a little tear in the wall of the gullet, stomach or 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;
- Please talk to your endoscopist before your examination if you have any worries about the risks