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Assessing Colonoscopy Risks

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Colonoscopy is a medical procedure that is used to examine the colon and rectum for any signs of disease, such as polyps or cancer. While colonoscopy is considered a safe and effective procedure, there are some risks associated with it, including bleeding, perforation, and infection. These risks can be minimized by careful assessment before and during the procedure.

Your Medical History

One of the key factors in assessing colonoscopy risks is the patient’s medical history. The physician will review the patient’s medical history to identify any risk factors that may increase the likelihood of complications during the procedure. This includes a history of gastrointestinal bleeding, previous surgeries on the colon, and any medical conditions that may affect the patient’s ability to undergo the procedure safely.

Another important factor in assessing colonoscopy risks is the physician’s skill and experience. Physicians who are highly trained and experienced in performing colonoscopies are less likely to encounter complications during the procedure. It is important to choose a gastroenterologist who has a high level of expertise in performing colonoscopies and who has a good track record of success.

The Procedure

During the procedure, the physician will carefully monitor the patient for any signs of complications. This includes monitoring for bleeding, perforation, and infection. If any complications do occur, they will be treated immediately to minimize the risk of serious harm to the patient.

To learn more about this process as well as other risks, contact our team today and schedule a consultation.

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