Colonoscopy Cost and Colonoscopy Procedures Information

Colonoscopy is the visual examination of the large intestine (colon) using a lighted, flexible fiberoptic or video endoscope, also known as a colonoscope. It is a flexible tube about the thickness of a finger which is inserted into the anus, and advanced slowly through the lower intestine (colon). The physician may remove tissue for further examination and possibly treat any problems that are discovered.

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Colonoscopy Cost Averages Around the Country

Atlanta, GA Colonoscopy Cost Average $2,000
Washington, DC Colonoscopy Cost Average $2,325
Chicago, IL Colonoscopy Cost Average $2,250
Dallas, TX Colonoscopy Cost Average $2,100
Los Angeles, CA Colonoscopy Cost Average $3,100
Houston, TX Colonoscopy Cost Average $2,100
Miami, FL Colonoscopy Cost Average $2,250
New York, NY Colonoscopy Cost Average $2,475
Philadelphia, PA Colonoscopy Cost Average $2,400
Phoenix, AZ Colonoscopy Cost Average $2,250

Specific Colonoscopy Procedures and National Cost Averages

Colonoscopy Cost Average $2,625
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Featured Facilities that Perform Colonoscopy

Name Location Average List Price
Navarro Regional Hospital Corsicana , TX $4,100
Holy Cross Hospital Taos , NM $2,550
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Huntingdon , PA $2,700
Houma Surgi-center and Urology Clinic Houma , LA $1,900
Cibola General Hospital Grants , NM $3,000
Pioneer Memorial Hospital Prineville , OR $8,600
King's Daughters Hospital Yazoo City , MS $7,400
Grant Regional Health Center Lancaster , WI $8,000
Shamokin Area Community Hospital Coal Township , PA $2,775
Midmichigan Medical Center - Midland Midland , MI $2,250
Cedar Oaks Surgery Center Warrensburg , MO $2,100
Ambulatory Surgical Center Oshkosh , WI $2,475
Desert View Regional Medical Center Pahrump , NV $8,600
Idaho Surgicenter North Idaho Falls , ID $2,025
Surgery Center of Clarksville Clarksville , TN $2,000
Ashtabula Surgery Center Ashtabula , OH $2,250
Skiff Medical Center Newton , IA $2,625
Endoscopy Center of Columbus Columbus , GA $2,000
Hanford Surgery Center Hanford , CA $3,100
Monterey Doctors Surgery Center Monterey , CA $3,100
Sedalia Surgery Center Sedalia , MO $2,100
New Mexico Surgicenter Albuquerque , NM $2,325
Winterhaven Ambulatory Surgical Center Winterhaven , FL $2,175
Samaritan Medical Center Watertown , NY $4,800
Ottumwa Regional Health Center Ottumwa , IA $4,900
Meridian Surgery Center Meridian , MS $2,000
First Choice Health Natchez , MS $2,000
Endoscopy Center Toledo , OH $2,250
Taylor Regional Hospital Campbellsville , KY $4,500
Roanoke Ambulatory Surgery Center Roanoke , VA $2,025

More about Colonoscopy Procedures

Colonoscopy Introduction

A colonoscopy is a procedure which allows a doctor to view inside the large intestine (colon) using a tool called a colonoscope. A key advantage of the procedure is that, when needed, other instruments can be passed through the colonoscope. These may be used, for example, to painlessly remove a suspicious-looking growth or to biopsy, that is, take a small piece of tissue for further analysis. Although colonoscopy is the best test available to detect and treat abnormalities within the colon, other alternative procedures are abdominal x-ray, computed tomography (CT scan), abdominal ultrasound, barium enema, sigmoidoscopy and, more recently, an alternative is a Virtual colonoscopy. These exams, however, do not allow direct viewing of the colon, removal of polyps, or the completion of biopsies, so, if an abnormality is found during one of these procedures, a colonoscopy may still be required to biopsy or remove the abnormality.

Patient Preparation For A Colonoscopy

You will be given instructions in advance that will outline what you should and should not do in preparation for colonoscopy. Central to these instructions is the need to cleanse the intestinal tract, modify diet and manage medications; be sure to read and follow those instructions. It is particularly important to inform the physician of all medications or vitamins taken regularly or if you are pregnant (or think you might be pregnant) or if you have heart, lung or other medical conditions that may need special attention, and, finally, if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin, or other medications that affect blood clotting. Arrangements should be made for transportation after the surgery is complete.

What to expect during and after a Colonoscopy

The procedure takes about 30 minutes to perform and is seldom remembered by the sedated patient. The sedative and pain medication usually cause most patients to dose off during the procedure. An intravenous line is inserted into the arm to administer a sedative and a painkiller. Also, your heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and oxygen level will be monitored during the procedure. Once you are fully relaxed, you will be asked to lie on your left side with your knees bent towards your chest. Your doctor will first do a rectal exam with a gloved, lubricated finger; then the lubricated colonoscope will be gently inserted into the anus and gently advanced into the rectum and colon. As the scope is slowly and carefully passed, you may feel as if you need to move your bowels, and because air is introduced to help advance the scope, you may feel some cramping or fullness. Generally, however, there is little or no discomfort. The physician will examine the colon. If a polyp is seen, it may be removed, biopsied, or left alone until a subsequent operation is performed.

After the procedure is competed you will be taken to the recovery area and monitored until the medication has worn off. After recovery, the physician will explain the results to you, provide instructions on care and diet and then your driver will be allowed to take you home. It is normal to experience mild cramping or abdominal pressure following the exam. This usually subsides in an hour or so, after the air has been expelled. Notify your physician to report any of the following: fever and/or chills, frequent bloody stools, abdominal pain and/or bloating, inability to pass gas.

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