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

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

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
Institute for Special Surgery Fargo , ND $1,850
Meyersdale Medical Center Meyersdale , PA $7,400
Bucktail Medical Center Renovo , PA $7,700
Southern Kentucky Endoscopy Center Bowling Green , KY $2,000
West Bay Surgery Center Largo , FL $2,175
WOPS Cheyenne , WY $2,400
Wilkes Regional Medical Center North Wilkesboro , NC $5,200
Grand River Endoscopy Center Grand Rapids , MI $2,325
Golden Plains Community Hospital Borger , TX $7,600
Appalachian Gastroenterology ASC Boone , NC $2,250
Springfield Clinic, Ambulatory Surgery Center Springfield , IL $2,175
Tri State Surgery Center Dubuque , IA $2,250
Medical Arts Ambulatory Surgery Center Visalia , CA $3,100
Grays Harbor Community Hospital Aberdeen , WA $5,000
Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center Cambridge , OH $2,850
Longmont Surgery Center Longmont , CO $2,550
Tarzana Surgery Center Tarzana , CA $3,100
Muhlenberg Surgery Center Powderly , KY $2,000
Carlsbad Medical Center Carlsbad , NM $3,500
Stephens County Hospital Toccoa , GA $1,850
I-70 Medical Center Sweet Springs , MO $7,400
Pampa Regional Medical Center Pampa , TX $2,325
The Surgery Center of North Central Missouri Moberly , MO $2,100
Ambulatory Surgical Center Oshkosh , WI $2,475
Rochelle Community Hospital Rochelle , IL $8,100
Mackinaw Surgery Center Saginaw , MI $2,325
Chico Endoscopy Center Chico , CA $3,100
Adams Memorial Hospital Decatur , IN $7,800
The Surgery Center of Chesapeake Chesapeake , VA $2,025
Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Sulphur Springs , TX $2,175

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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