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

Price Range
Atlanta, GA Colonoscopy Cost Average $410 - $1,350
New York, NY Colonoscopy Cost Average $490 - $1,600
Los Angeles, CA Colonoscopy Cost Average $625 - $2,100
Miami, FL Colonoscopy Cost Average $450 - $1,500
Houston, TX Colonoscopy Cost Average $420 - $1,400
Philadelphia, PA Colonoscopy Cost Average $480 - $1,600
Washington, DC Colonoscopy Cost Average $470 - $1,550
Dallas, TX Colonoscopy Cost Average $420 - $1,400
Chicago, IL Colonoscopy Cost Average $450 - $1,500
Phoenix, AZ Colonoscopy Cost Average $450 - $1,500

Specific Colonoscopy Procedures and National Cost Averages

Price Range
Colonoscopy Cost Average $1,800 - $12,500
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Featured Facilities that Perform Colonoscopy

Name Location Price Range
Tracy Surgery Center Tracy , CA $825 - $2,100
Bay Regional Medical Center Bay City , MI $1,400 - $3,600
St. Mary's Ambulatory Surgery Center Richmond , VA $550 - $1,400
Austin Medical Center Austin , MN $1,500 - $3,900
Jamestown Hospital Jamestown , ND $550 - $1,400
Central Maine Endoscopy Center Waterville , ME $575 - $1,500
Concord Endoscopy Center Concord , NH $725 - $1,850
Portsmouth Surgery Center Portsmouth , OH $600 - $1,550
Mimbres Memorial Hospital Deming , NM $2,175 - $5,600
Ouachita County Medical Center Camden , AR $600 - $1,550
Templeton Surgery Center Templeton , CA $825 - $2,100
Cheyenne Surgical Center Cheyenne , WY $625 - $1,650
Peach Regional Medical Center Fort Valley , GA $2,000 - $5,200
Crystal Clinic Surgery Center Akron , OH $600 - $1,550
The Endoscopy Center of Santa Fe Santa Fe , NM $625 - $1,600
Decatur County Memorial Hospital Greensburg , IN $2,100 - $5,400
Providence Centralia Hospital Centralia , WA $675 - $1,750
Gadsden Surgery Center Gadsden , AL $525 - $1,350
Magnolia Endoscopy Center Corinth , MS $525 - $1,350
Marlboro GIEndoscopy Center Hamlet , NC $600 - $1,500
South Alabama Outpatient Services Enterprise , AL $525 - $1,350
Bedford County Medical Center Shelbyville , TN $750 - $1,950
Woodland Healthcare Surgicenter Michigan City , IN $600 - $1,500
Wooster Ambulatory Surgery Center Wooster , OH $600 - $1,550
Empire Surgery Center Bakersfield , CA $825 - $2,100
Carlisle Endoscopy Center Carlisle , PA $575 - $1,500
Abilene Surgery Center Abilene , TX $550 - $1,400
Center for Digestive Care Ypsilanti , MI $625 - $1,600
Susquehanna Surgery Center Bloomsburg , PA $575 - $1,500
Macon Outpatient Surgery Macon , GA $525 - $1,350

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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