There’s also the possibility of an allergy to anesthetics or other medications. An allergy to benzocaine is more likely than one to lidocaine, he noted. Certain complications tend to be procedure-specific. Flexible scope procedures bring a risk of infection and epistaxis. An injection comes with a risk of direct trauma, hematoma, or injection misplacement. Lasers can involve direct trauma or virions carried by the laser plume. “If you perform any procedure a lot,” he said, “you will get a complication.”
Explore This IssueNovember 2015
Thomas Collins is a freelance medical writer based in Florida.