Colonoscopy is a safe procedure, but every procedure has risks. It is important not to delay colonoscopy since it is a valuable test. A colonoscopy is often used for screening for colon cancer. It is very important to follow the guidelines for screening, based on your age and family history. You may receive some sedation during the procedure. It is important to discuss you past history with anesthesia to decrease the risks associated with sedation and/or anesthesia during the procedure. There is a small risk of bleeding but you will be monitored during and after the procedure and given instructions of what to look for so that complications can be detected early.
- Q What are some alternatives to colonoscopy?
- Q What happens if a polyp is found during a colonoscopy?
- Q What determines the type of bowel preparation I need before a colonoscopy?
- Q What risks or side effects are involved with colonoscopy?
- Q What foods should I avoid before a colonoscopy?
- Q Can I have a colonoscopy without the preparation beforehand?