Pittsburgh, PA Colonoscopy Cost Comparison

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A Colonoscopy in Pittsburgh costs $1,685 on average when you take the median of the 58 medical providers who perform Colonoscopy procedures in Pittsburgh, PA. There are 1 different types of Colonoscopy provided in Pittsburgh, listed below, and the price for each differs based upon your insurance type. As a healthcare consumer you should understand that prices of medical procedures vary and if you shop from the Pittsburgh providers below you may be able to save money. Start shopping today and see what you can save!
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Compare Colonoscopy Providers in Pittsburgh, PA

Facility City Type
Alle-kiski Medical Center Natrona Heights Acute Care Hospital
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
Highlands Hospital Connellsville Acute Care Hospital
Lowry Surgicenter Jeannette Ambulatory Surgical Center
Upmc Monroeville Surgery Center Monroeville Ambulatory Surgical Center
The Western Pennsylvania Hospital - Forbes Regional Monroeville Acute Care Hospital
Mt Pleasant Surgery Center Mount Pleasant Ambulatory Surgical Center
Digestive Health and Endoscopy Center Pittsburgh GI Diagnostic Center
The Western Pennsylvania Hospital Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Passavant Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
Uniontown Hospital Uniontown Acute Care Hospital
Mercy Jeannette Hospital Jeannette Acute Care Hospital
Jefferson Regional Medical Center Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
Saint Clair Hospital Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
Surgery Center at Edgworth Commons Sewickley Ambulatory Surgical Center
Three Rivers Endoscopy Center Moon Township GI Diagnostic Center
Monongahela Valley Hospital Monongahela Acute Care Hospital
20-20 Surgery Center Greensburg Ambulatory Surgical Center
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center St. Margaret Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center South Side Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
Southwestern Endoscopy Center Uniontown GI Diagnostic Center
Butler Ambulatory Surgery Center Butler Ambulatory Surgical Center
Beaver Valley Center for Surgery Aliquippa Ambulatory Surgical Center
Butler Memorial Hospital Butler Acute Care Hospital
Surgery Center at Cranberry Cranberry Twp Ambulatory Surgical Center
Armstrong County Memorial Hospital Kittanning Acute Care Hospital
Heritage Valley Beaver Beaver Acute Care Hospital
Spartan Health Surgicenter Monongahela Ambulatory Surgical Center
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mckeesport Mckeesport Acute Care Hospital
East Side Surgery Center Pittsburgh Ambulatory Surgical Center
The Children's Institute Pittsburgh Childrens Hospital
Shadyside Surgi-center Pittsburgh Ambulatory Surgical Center
Western Pa Surgery Center Wexford Ambulatory Surgical Center
Southwestern Ambulatory Surgery Center Pittsburgh Ambulatory Surgical Center
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Childrens Hospital
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
Mccandless Endoscopy Center Pittsburgh GI Diagnostic Center
Frick Hospital Mount Pleasant Acute Care Hospital
Waterfront Surgery Center Homestead Ambulatory Surgical Center
North Shore Endoscopy Center Pittsburgh GI Diagnostic Center
North Shore Ambulatory Surgical Pittsburgh Ambulatory Surgical Center
Heritage Valley Sewickley Sewickley Acute Care Hospital
The Children's Home of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Childrens Hospital
Aestique Ambulatory Surgical Center Greensburg Ambulatory Surgical Center
Aliquippa Community Hospital Aliquippa Acute Care Hospital
South Hills Endoscopy Center Pittsburgh GI Diagnostic Center
Allegheny General Hospital Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
Magee-womens Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital
Canonsburg General Hospital Canonsburg Acute Care Hospital
Westmoreland Regional Hospital Greensburg Acute Care Hospital
Ohio Valley General Hospital Mckees Rocks Acute Care Hospital
Surgicenter at Ligonier Ligonier Ambulatory Surgical Center
Latrobe Hospital Latrobe Acute Care Hospital
Tri-state Surgery Center Washington Ambulatory Surgical Center
Laurel Surgical Center Greensburg Ambulatory Surgical Center
Four Seasons Endoscopy Center Beaver Falls GI Diagnostic Center
The Washington Hospital Washington Acute Care Hospital
Allegheny General Hospital - Suburban Campus Pittsburgh Acute Care Hospital

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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