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risks from colonoscopy are partially related to the cleanse procedure first of all
complication rates go up in the elderly
Yes, I am waiting.
they include perforation, bleeding from hemmorhoids (internal), that are roughly risk of 1:1000
if they take polyps for biopsy
then you can have a "polypectomy syndrome" which is inflammation of the bowel wall from the burning of the stump
there is also anesthesia complications
and finally infection, which is very rare
but if the colonoscope is not properly cleaned
for some dumb reason
Is the risk quite a bit higher for me, at 85?
so those are the risks, and they do increase relative to age
maybe only 1 or 2% higher
unless you have respiratory, or cardiovascular disease
that makes your risk for conscious sedation (anesthesia) higher
that would be the larger risk
you can have reactions to the anesthesia, or bruising from the IV site
nausea, vomiting from anesthesia
do you have any questions?
Thank you very much, this has been helpful to me.