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.

Colonoscopy Cost Averages Around the Country

Price Range
Chicago, IL Colonoscopy Cost Average $450 - $1,500
Dallas, TX Colonoscopy Cost Average $420 - $1,400
Los Angeles, CA Colonoscopy Cost Average $625 - $2,100
Houston, TX Colonoscopy Cost Average $420 - $1,400
New York, NY Colonoscopy Cost Average $490 - $1,650
Atlanta, GA Colonoscopy Cost Average $410 - $1,350
Washington, DC Colonoscopy Cost Average $470 - $1,550
Miami, FL Colonoscopy Cost Average $450 - $1,500
Philadelphia, PA Colonoscopy Cost Average $480 - $1,600
Phoenix, AZ Colonoscopy Cost Average $440 - $1,450
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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
Southern Indiana Endoscopy New Albany , IN $600 - $1,500
Mount Graham Regional Medical Center Safford , AZ $1,250 - $3,200
Winterhaven Ambulatory Surgical Center Winterhaven , FL $575 - $1,500
Winona Community Memorial Hospital Winona , MN $1,000 - $2,625
North Oakland ASC Waterford , MI $625 - $1,600
Midwest Surgery Center Joplin , MO $550 - $1,400
Midwest Surgical Center Champaign , IL $575 - $1,450
The Endoscopy Center Asheville , NC $600 - $1,500
Mercy Memorial Outpatient Surgery Center Monroe , MI $625 - $1,600
First Choice Same Day Sugery Center Grand Junction , CO $675 - $1,700
Center for the Surgical Arts Altoona , PA $575 - $1,500
Delaware Surgery Center Dover , DE $675 - $1,700
Jonesboro Surgery Center Jonesboro , AR $500 - $1,300
Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Sulphur Springs , TX $575 - $1,450
Surgery Center Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids , IA $575 - $1,500
Riverton Memorial Hospital Riverton , WY $625 - $1,650
Superior Endoscopy Center Marquette , MI $625 - $1,600
Richmond Surgery Center Richmond , IN $600 - $1,500
Scott Memorial Hospital Scottsburg , IN $2,100 - $5,400
Carilion New River Valley Medical Center Christiansburg , VA $2,025 - $5,300
Cannon Falls Community Hospital Cannon Falls , MN $1,900 - $4,900
Surgery Center at Health Park Grand Blanc , MI $625 - $1,600
Valley Surgical Edwards , CO $675 - $1,700
Haywood Park Community Hospital Brownsville , TN $1,500 - $3,800
North Colorado Medical Center Greeley , CO $875 - $2,325
Laurel Surgery and Endoscopy Center Laurel , MS $525 - $1,350
Ambulatory Endoscopy Center Wenatchee , WA $700 - $1,800
Highland Community Hospital Picayune , MS $1,250 - $3,200
Wallace Thomson Hospital Union , SC $600 - $1,500
The Endoscopy Center Rapid City , SD $575 - $1,500

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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