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How Safe Is A Colonoscopy?

A Colonoscopy Is A Reasonably Safe Procedure


Updated February 26, 2013

One reason why people at risk may put off having a colonoscopy is because of the potential risks. In truth, a colonoscopy is a safe and effective procedure when performed by a qualified professional. Risk of perforation of the bowel is approximately 2%, and only about 1% need surgery to repair bleeding from a polypectomy.

Amber J. Tresca
About.com Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

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