Q | are there any complications?
A | Common side effects include:
- Urine infection – This can occur in a small number of patients. It is important to take the antibiotics given prior to and after the procedure to prevent this happening.
- Severe sepsis – This is rare affecting upto 1% of patients. The patient feels feverish and/or has chills and is generally unwell. This may happen within only a few days of having the procedure and requires urgent medical attention and hospital admission.
- Heavy rectal bleeding – This can affect upto 1-2% of patients undergoing this procedure. You should seek advice from your doctor if the bleeding is severe as, occasionally, the patient may require hospital admission and a blood transfusion.