Who Might Need a Colonoscopy?
Colonoscopies can help with the diagnosis of a wide range of conditions including:
- Coeliac disease
- Polyps and cysts
- Liver disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
Private Colonoscopy Fees
A colonoscopy at The New Foscote Hospital can cost as little as £1,600. You will also need to have a consultation with one of our expert doctors in order to be referred for a colonoscopy.
You can self-refer for a consultation with any of our expert consultants. Consultations typically cost between £150 and £250, and are available to both self-pay and insured patients.
If you would like to book a consultation, please fill out the form further down, or get in touch through the email link, or phone number on the form.
How to pay
There are two ways you can pay for your treatment at The New Foscote Hospital, through your insurance, or self-payment.
Combined Gastroscopy & Colonoscopy
If you are having problems all through your digestive system, then you may be advised to have a combined gastroscopy and colonoscopy. This means that both procedures will be undertaken at the same time so that doctors can get a full understanding of your entire system.
Private Colonoscopy Without Referral
At The New Foscote Hospital, patients can self-refer to any of our consultants, who can then refer you for a colonoscopy.
That means that you don’t need a referral from your normal doctor or GP for your colonoscopy.
What to Expect From The Procedure
A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you can simply come to the hospital for the procedure, and leave again once it’s done.
Preparing For Your Colonoscopy
It’s very important to prepare for your colonoscopy following your doctor’s instructions. If you don’t then you may not be able to have the procedure.
Typically preparation starts two days before your procedure, when you will be asked to keep to a diet specified by your doctor. This is usually plain, simple food such as plain chicken, rice or pasta.
The day before your procedure you will be asked to take laxatives to clear out your digestive system. This will mean that you spend a lot of time on the toilet, so it’s recommended that you stay at home during this period.
During Your Colonoscopy
You may be offered painkillers, a sedative or gas and air for your colonoscopy, to ensure the procedure is as comfortable as possible.
During the procedure, a small tube with a camera will be inserted into your rectum, and will move upwards through your bowels. This won’t hurt, but you may feel bloated and a bit uncomfortable.
The camera will give doctors real-time images of your insides so they can identify any issues. If any polyps are found, they may be removed during the procedure, or samples may be taken for biopsy.
After Your Colonoscopy
You may feel bloated or experience stomach cramps for a while after your colonoscopy, but you should be ready to go home fairly quickly. If you had sedation then your recovery time may be a little longer, and you will not be able to drive yourself home.
Then our expert team will examine your results, discuss them with your consultant, and be in touch quickly with your diagnosis and next steps.