Colonoscopy is generally a very safe and well tolerated procedure. However, in rare circumstances, complications can occur. If you develop any of the symptoms below, call your doctor.
- Abdominal pain — a small amount of abdominal discomfort following the test is normal. However, if you have persistent abdominal pain, or find that your abdominal discomfort is getting worse either the day of the test or several days thereafter, it is important that you contact your doctor.
- Bleeding — a small amount of rectal bleeding after the colonoscopy is normal. However, if your rectal bleeding is severe (more than one half cup), contact your doctor.