Need private sigmoidoscopy procedure?
On Private Healthcare UK, you can find 226 private endoscopists and 107 private hospitals offering signoidoscopy procedure and if you’re paying for yourself, you could expect it to cost between £980 and £2,030. We have over 20 years' experience helping people to make the right choice about private healthcare.
- Should I go private?
- Find a doctor
- Find a hospital/clinic
- What does it cost?
- Am I covered by insurance?
- Do I need a GP referral?
What is a sigmoidoscopy?
A sigmoidoscopy is a quick procedure to check for bowel cancer or small growths called polyps that could become cancerous. A sigmoidoscopy is also called a flexible sigmoidoscopy, or “flexisig”. A sigmoidoscopy is quicker and less invasive than a colonoscopy and is performed without sedation. The procedure is treated as a day-case and takes about five minutes and is not painful. A flexible sigmoidoscopy can be performed by a doctor or a nurse. Flexible sigmoidoscopy preparation includes a self-administered enema. There is no special diet before or after the test. During a flexible sigmoidoscopy, polyps can be removed and sent for further testing. If a polyp is found, it is likely the patient will also need a colonoscopy. The doctor or nurse performing the flexisig will be able to immediately inform the patient of the test results such as if a polyp is found or if their bowel is clear. After a flexible sigmoidoscopy, there may be some discomfort or a bloated feeling which passes within a few hours.
Should I go private?
Choosing to go private for a sigmoidoscopy surgery offers the following benefits:
- Gain access to fast treatment
- Beat the sigmoidoscopy NHS waiting times
- A choice of when you want to be treated
- A choice of where to be treated
- A choice of the consultant or private endoscopist
- Sometimes, access to options which may not be available on the NHS
Private Endoscopist Specialists in the UK
The following endoscopist specialist perform private sidmoidoscopy procedures in the UK.
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How do I choose a private sigmoidoscopy specialist?
We recommend preparing a list of questions to ask the specialist, you might want to ask:
- Can you provide a detailed profile of your background, experience and qualifications?
- When and where did you receive training in endoscopy?
- What is your position and role within the NHS?
- How many sigmoidoscopy procedures do you undertake each year?
- Can I speak to any of your past patients to find out about their experience?
- How much do you charge for the initial consultation?
- What are me sedation or pain relief options during the procedure?
- When will I recieve any biopsy results?
How much does a flexible sigmoidoscopy cost?
If you're paying for yourself, the flexible sigoidoscopy procedure typically costs. £1,515. (between £980 and £2,030) at private hospitals and clinics in the UK. To get a more accurate cost, you can get a personalised quote from Private Healthcare UK.
What is included in the price?
In most cases, the following is included in the price, but you should double check exactly what is included:
- All medical and nursing care during your procedure
- Hospital fees
- Any drugs that you need while in the hospital
- Surgeon or consultant fees
The price is normally payable on or before admission to the hospital.
Is my private sigmoidoscopy covered by insurance?
If you have health or private medical insurance, you likely covered for a sigmoidoscopy procedure – you should check with your insurer and get a claim authorised before booking an appointment with a specialist.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
Many private endoscopists are reluctant to see a patient requiring treatment unless there is a referral letter from your GP and we recommend checking with individual specialists to see if this is required or not. If you do not have a GP, many private hospitals can arrange for you to have an appointment with a private GP in their outpatient department.
The practicalities of going private
Your initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the procedure. You should bring any test results with you so that you won't have to repeat expensive tests or scans - you can get these from your GP. If you are paying for yourself, you should be prepared to pay the consultation fee on the day. If you are insured, remember to bring your registration documents and proof of pre-authorisation.
Didn't find what you're looking for?
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Authors and sources
- Private healthcare information reviewed by Keith Pollard, UK private healthcare expert and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International Limited
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