Module 1. Understanding and Preparing for Colonoscopy
Is a colonoscopy safe?
In this video, Dr. Gelrud and Dr. Echavarria talk about how a colonoscopy is a generally safe procedure and complications are rare. There can be a very small risk of bleeding, puncture in the bowel wall, infection, and drug reactions - but these are very rare. You should always discuss any questions or concerns you have about your colonoscopy, results, and post-procedure with your doctor. Your doctor is there to help you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
This educational activity has been developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc. This activity is endorsed by the Colon Cancer Coalition.
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Boston Scientific and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.
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