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Colonoscopy procedure

If you have bowel discomfort, a colonoscopy is likely the most effective procedure to understand how we can help you feel better.

Having a colonoscopy can be an effective procedure for diagnosing bowel problems.

If you have been experiencing bowel discomfort and your doctor has booked you in for a colonoscopy, it's essential for us to put your mind at ease by laying out all the facts.

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of the large bowel (colon) using a thin flexible tube with a light and camera at the end of it. The aim is to pass the tube around the large bowel. Some air needs to be blown in through the camera so clear views can be obtained of the bowel. 

What are the benefits of a colonoscopy?

If the endoscopist (the person doing the colonoscopy) finds a problem, they can perform biopsies (removing small pieces of tissue) to help make the diagnosis. Sometimes a polyp (small growth) is the cause of the problem and the endoscopist may be able to remove it during the procedure.

Are there any alternatives to a colonoscopy?

Other options include a barium enema (an x-ray test of the large bowel) although this is rarely used now. More commonly a CT colonography (a special scan of the large bowel) is used to detect any abnormalities. However, a colonoscopy is the gold standard test that can see the lining and also take biopsies at the same time if required.

What does the procedure involve?

A colonoscopy usually takes between half an hour and three-quarters of an hour but this can vary for every patient. The endoscopist will be able to look for problems such as inflammation or polyps, which are warty growths in the bowel and are very common. They will be able to perform biopsies and take photographs to help make the diagnosis and some polyps may also be removed during the procedure. If appropriate, the endoscopist may offer you a gas & air or a sedative to help you relax, but this will be discussed with you along with any risks.

Please be aware that the following prices are a guide price. Your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.

Colonoscopy or camera into bowel

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £1,811 Included £1,811
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £2,011

Please be aware that the following prices are a guide price. Your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.

Exam of lower bowel under anaesthetic

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £2,180 Included £2,180
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £2,380

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Dr Atta Abbasi

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MBBS, PhD, MRCP, FRCP

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Dr Rajaventhan Srirajaskanthan

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MD (Res), MB BS, BSc (Hons), MRCP

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Mr Arnold Goede

Consultant General Surgeon

MBChB, MS, FRCS (Gen Surg)

BMI The Chiltern Hospital 1 more BMI The Shelburne Hospital

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Professor Humphrey Scott

Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon

MS FRCS

BMI The Runnymede Hospital

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Mr Abdul Qadir

Consultant Gastrointestinal & General Surgeon

MB BS MD FRCS(Gen Surg) FACS

BMI Albyn Hospital

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