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Find out about the risk of complications and signs that something isn’t right after having an endoscopy.
Endoscopies are very safe procedures, however sometimes things can go wrong, so it’s important that you are aware of what these things might be, just in case.
Endoscopies are carried out every day with most people experiencing no complications at all, but if you do experience complications they can include:
Because of the small risk of complications, it is important you only have an endoscopy when it is really needed - when the information gained from it is going to improve your care.
A good way of reducing the risk of these complications is to make sure you prepare your bowel as well as you possibly can by taking your bowel prep and avoiding food before your procedure. You can learn more about the importance of bowel prep in this course.
If you begin to feel unwell at home after an endoscopy, it is important you tell someone. This is especially important if you have:
If you have any of these, contact your IBD team straight away and they will assess you and decide if you need further treatment. In the UK you can also call your GP, or call 111. If it is out of hours, you may need to go to A&E.
A common question asked by patients and families is whether an endoscopy can make your Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or IBDU symptoms worse. It is thought that...
If you have any other questions or concerns leading up to, or after your endoscopy, it’s best to speak to your IBD team.
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