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 happens if my colonoscopy shows an abnormality?
- Q Why do I need a colonoscopy only every 10 years?
- Q What are the possible side effects of a colonoscopy?
- Q Why is bowel preparation critical for colonoscopy?
- Q What are possible risks and complications of a colonoscopy?
- Q Is a colonoscopy recommended for someone over 85 years old?