Normally, the human body removes waste material without any intervention. But in a hospital setting especially before a surgical operation or a colonoscopy, colon cleansing is usually prescribed as a preparatory intervention. A common complication if colon cleansing is that it disrupts the balance of bacteria and natural chemicals in the bowel and may interfere with the shedding of dead cells.
Gastrointestinal perforation is also a risk if the healthcare provider has less or no experience and inserted the tube improperly. The patient can also be at risk for amoebic infection due to poorly sterilized equipments. Dehydration and salt depletion may also be result of colon hydrotherapy because some colon cleansing agents may disrupt the fluid and electrolyte balance. Anemia and malnutrition may result if repeated or excessive cleansing will be done.Technorati Tags: hydrotherapy, colon cleansing, colonoscopy