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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.

Colonoscopy or camera into bowel

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £2,104 Included £2,104
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £2,304

Exam of lower bowel under anaesthetic

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £2,017 Included £2,017
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £2,217

Specialists Offering Colonoscopy procedure

Dr Carlo Nunes

Consultant Physician & Gastroenterologist

MBChB, FRCP

BMI The Chaucer Hospital

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Dr Malcolm Smith

Consultant Gastroenterologist

MBChB, BSc, Med Sci(Hons), FRCP

BMI Albyn Hospital

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Mr Neil Kukreja

Consultant Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgeon

MBBS, MRCS (ENg, FRCS (Gen Surg), MSC

BMI The Sloane Hospital

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Mr Paul Skinner

Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon

MBChB FRCS(Gen)

BMI Thornbury Hospital

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Dr Philip Woodland

Consultant Gastroenterologist

MBBS BSc PhD MRCP

BMI The London Independent Hospital

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