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|Colonoscopy Cost Average||$1,050 - $3,400||Free Quote|
|University Endoscopy Center||Cincinnati||GI Diagnostic Center|
|The Surgery Center||Edgewood||Ambulatory Surgical Center|
|Saint Luke Hospital West||Florence||Acute Care Hospital|
|Endoscopy Center North||Cincinnati||GI Diagnostic Center|
|Mercy Hospital Clermont||Batavia||Acute Care Hospital|
|Mercy Hospital Mount Airy||Cincinnati||Acute Care Hospital|
|Deaconess Hospital||Cincinnati||Acute Care Hospital|
|Tri State Endoscopy Center||Cincinnati||GI Diagnostic Center|
|Journey Lite of Southern Ohio||Cincinnati||Ambulatory Surgical Center|
|Mercy Hospital Fairfield||Fairfield||Acute Care Hospital|
|University Pointe Surgical Hospital||West Chester||Acute Care Hospital|
|Fort Hamilton Hospital||Hamilton||Acute Care Hospital|
|Digestive Endoscopy Center||Springboro||GI Diagnostic Center|
|Southwest Ohio Ambulatory Surgery Center||Middletown||Ambulatory Surgical Center|
|Convalescent Hospital for Children||Cincinnati||Childrens Hospital|
|Mercy Hospital Western Hills||Cincinnati||Acute Care Hospital|
|Endoscopy Center West||Cincinnati||GI Diagnostic Center|
|Middletown Regional Hospital||Middletown||Acute Care Hospital|
|Saint Elizabeth Medical Center - South Unit||Edgewood||Acute Care Hospital|
|Mercy Anderson Ambulatory Surgery Center||Cincinnati||Ambulatory Surgical Center|
|Saint Luke Hospital East||Fort Thomas||Acute Care Hospital|
|Kenwood Surgery Center||Cincinnati||Ambulatory Surgical Center|
|Brown County General Hospital||Georgetown||Acute Care Hospital|
|Middletown Surgery Center||Franklin||Ambulatory Surgical Center|
|Mccullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital||Oxford||Acute Care Hospital|
|Jewish Hospital||Cincinnati||Acute Care Hospital|
|Dearborn County Hospital||Lawrenceburg||Acute Care Hospital|
|University Hospital||Cincinnati||Acute Care Hospital|
|Redbank Surgery Center||Cincinnati||Ambulatory Surgical Center|
|Bethesda North Hospital||Cincinnati||Acute Care Hospital|
|Mercy Ambulatory Surgery Center||Fairfield||Ambulatory Surgical Center|
|Greater Cincinnati Surgery Center||Cincinnati||Ambulatory Surgical Center|
|The GIEndoscopy Center||Middletown||GI Diagnostic Center|
|Christ Hospital||Cincinnati||Acute Care Hospital|
|Saint Elizabeth Medical Center - Grant County Unit||Williamstown||Critical Access (Rural) Hospital|
|Butler County Surgical Center||Hamilton||Acute Care Hospital|
|Good Samaritan Hospital||Cincinnati||Acute Care Hospital|
|Surgery Center of Cincinnati||Cincinnati||Ambulatory Surgical Center|
|Westside Regional Medical Center||Cincinnati||Ambulatory Surgical Center|
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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