In this large retrospective cohort of over 18,000 patients who underwent a screening or surveillance colonoscopy, researchers reported the rate of complications at 30 days. GI bleeding requiring hospitalization occurred in 0.16%, diverticulitis requiring hospitalization in 0.02%, perforations in 0.02%. Complications after routine colonoscopy are exceedingly rare (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.