Colonoscopy is a procedure that examines the lining of the colon and rectum, therefore is able to diagnose diseases of the colon and rectum.
The colon, or large intestine, is the last portion of the digestive tract. It starts at the caecum and ends at the rectum. The colon is about 1.5 metres long.
Checking the colon and rectum has become very important as colorectal cancer is the number 1 cancer in Singapore as well as in many developed countries. The colonoscopy is the most effective test for colon cancer.
Some of the common symptoms or problems that will cause the doctor to recommend a colonoscopy includes:
The estimated cost for a standard diagnostic colonoscopy is divided into 2 components
For Singaporeans and Permanent Residents, Medisave may be used to pay part of or all of the bill (conditions apply). As for patients wishing to claim from their health insurance policies, it is best to enquire with your insurance agents first.
We have a detailed write-up on the cost of endoscopy in Singapore on our website.