Are there risks to getting a colonoscopy, and what are they?

I am 70. I am a woman. At age 50, I had a sigmoidoscopy. I’ve had the bowel smears recently and it came back negative. My doctor tells me it is my call, but there are risks involved. What are those risks?

Healthcare Providers (3)

The risks includes perforation, bleeding, and infection; but this is low.

The risks of a colonoscopy include bleeding, infection, and possible perforation, meaning making a hole in the colon. However, these risks are extremely rare and the benefits generally outweigh the risks.

Colonoscopy risks are very rare, we mention them because they can happen in rare instances. Those will be, among others, bleeding, infection, perforation, aspiration and complications of anesthesia.

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