A colonoscopy allows direct inspection of the large bowel (rectum and colon). A slim flexible tube with a bright light at the end (a colonoscope) is passed through your anus into the rectum, and guided gradually around the colon and into the end of the small intestine. Instruments can be passed through the colonoscope to allow samples to be taken and other procedures to be carried out. The appearance of your intestine may be recorded on a photograph for future reference. A therapeutic colonoscopy treats polyps that may become malignant. During the procedure, a thin-wire snare loop is inserted into the rectum or bowel using a colonoscope, a flexible 4-foot tube. The snare lassos the polyp, and electrocautery (electric heat) is applied to painlessly remove it.
A biopsy (tissue sample) will also be taken and examined. When your results are available, your doctor will be able to discuss the findings and any further treatment. The procedure will take place in The Holly’s state-of-the-art endoscopy suite, where the very highest standards of quality and safety are met. With all procedures undertaken using the latest techniques in our modern facilities, you’ll be in safe hands at award-winning The Holly Private Hospital. We offer an all-inclusive self-pay package for gastroscopy, with prices starting from £2,150 (T&Cs apply). For more information and eligibility criteria, speak to one of our self-pay advisors by calling