A colonoscopy is an extremely safe diagnostic and preventative procedure that allows doctors to identify polyps and other growths that may develop into colon cancer. However, like all medical procedures, there is a small risk of complications. Thankfully, problems associated with these procedures are very rare, and the benefits of detecting colon cancer early far outweigh the potential drawbacks.
If you’re concerned about colonoscopy risks or complications, the board-certified GI team at La Peer’s Colonoscopy Center of Excellence is available to address your concerns. Feel free to call us at to schedule a consultation.
To learn more about the risks and complications for a colon cancer screening, please visit Mayo Clinic’s colonoscopy page.
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Risks Associated with Colon Cancer Screening
With the American Cancer Society listing colon cancer as one of the leading causes of cancer death in the country, regular colonoscopy screening is more important than ever. Just like any other medical procedure, a colonoscopy does come with a few risks.
In rare cases, patients may have an adverse reaction to the sedative used during the procedure. Very infrequently, bleeding can occur at the biopsy site. Another unlikely possibility is that a tear can occur in the colon or bowel wall, allowing intestinal fluids to leak. In this rare eventuality, surgery would be needed to repair the perforation.
Unfortunately, as is the case with any test, the pathology can sometimes be missed. The best thing you can do to make sure your colonoscopy is successful and free of complications is to undergo the procedure with an experienced, board-certified specialist like the ones at Colonoscopy Center of Excellence. To schedule an appointment, contact us today.
Risks & Complications FAQs
Is a virtual colonoscopy less likely to detect colon cancer?
Virtual colonoscopy is thought to be a less sensitive procedure and hence may be less likely to find polyps.
Am I in danger of overexposure to radiation with virtual colonoscopy?
There is a small risk of radiation overexposure with virtual colonoscopy. Talk to your doctor about your fears associated with virtual colonoscopy and other medical procedures.
What are the drawbacks to virtual colonoscopy?
One of the biggest drawbacks to virtual colonoscopy is that patients may still need to undergo a traditional colonoscopy to remove any polyps that are found.
If you have concerns about the risks associated with colonoscopy, or if you’re concerned about your colorectal health, don’t hesitate to call to speak with one of the GI doctors at the La Peer Health Systems Colonoscopy Center of Excellence.
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