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  • What is a colonoscopy?


    Colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure to help doctors detect changes or abnormalities in the colon and rectum. During a colonoscopy, a long and flexible tube called a colonoscope is inserted through the anus and carefully pushed into the rectum and colon. This procedure is usually done under sedation for comfort.

    The colon or large intestine is part of your digestive system. It connects the small intestine to the rectum.

  • Your doctor might recommend a colonoscopy if you have symptoms that suggest potential abnormalities in your colon or rectum. Colonoscopy is also a method to screen for colon cancer.

    Symptoms of colon or rectum abnormalities

    These symptoms include:

    • Rectal bleeding
    • Changes in bowel habits such as constipation or diarrhoea
    • Blood in the stool
    • Abnormal weight loss
    • Abdominal pain

    Colonoscopy can also be used for:

    • Colon cancer or colon polyp screening. Colon cancer or polyp screening is recommended for people above 50 years old. People with a family history of colon cancer should start colon cancer screening from 40 years old onwards.
    • Diagnosis of inflammatory bowel diseases. These include Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis which are marked by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • The day before your colonoscopy, you will be asked to refrain from solid foods and consume only clear liquids. You will also need to fast from the night before. A laxative or enema kit will be given to empty or clear your colon so that the colonoscope can capture a clear and unobstructed view of your colon and rectum.

    You will be sedated for the procedure and be asked to lie on your side before the doctor inserts a colonoscope into your rectum. The scope contains a small light and camera, and a tube to pump small amounts of air or carbon dioxide to inflate the colon to give provide a better view.

    A colonoscopy is considered to be a safe procedure and risks such as adverse reaction to the sedative, bleeding from the biopsy site or perforation of the colon or rectum wall are rare.

    For more information on preparing your bowels before a colonoscopy, download our ‘Preparing for a Gastroscopy / Colonoscopy’ brochure.

  • Colonoscopy is one of the medical procedures that you can avail at Parkway East Hospital. Our team of doctors and medical staff with years of experience in doing colonoscopy will ensure your safety and well-being. To complement their expertise, the medical team is equipped with technology and equipment for colonoscopy.

    If you are considering colonoscopy Singapore, consult a colonoscopy doctor at Parkway East Hospital. Our medical team will assist you at each step of the process towards recovery and management of your condition.

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  • Managing treatment costs

    Diagnostic Colonoscopy

    Procedure description:.

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    Hospital Fees Doctor Fees Total Bundle Price Medisave Claimable Limit
    712 1,313 2,025 1,250

    All prices in SGD, inclusive of GST. Prices exclude doctor's professional fees.

    Terms & Conditions

    • Bundles under this programme apply to standard procedures without complications.
    • Bundles are applicable only at Parkway East Hospital and for patients who self-pay in full to the hospital. Payment can be made in cash or by credit card. The hospital will assist with the submission of claims for Medisave, MediShield and Integrated Shield Plans.
    • Prices include hospital stay, operation costs, doctor fees (surgeon and anaesthetist within normal bounds) and GST. Pre-admission investigations, post-hospital follow-up treatment and outpatient charges are excluded.
    • Prices may be revised without advance notice.
    • Other terms and conditions may apply.

    Prices are correct as of 1 January 2023

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