Has your doctor recommended an endoscopy, and are you confused about the costs you will incur and the best alternative to choose? Medical expenses can get very high if not planned correctly, and for planning your medical expenses, you need to understand the costs you might incur during the whole process,
The cost that you will incur for undergoing an endoscopy is based on factors such as the place where you have the endoscopy, the hospital, and the type of endoscopy. Let us guide you through all of this to arrive at the cost involved in performing endoscopy in India; let’s have a look at them.
What is Endoscopy?
Endoscopy is a medical procedure where an endoscope is inserted into your body to investigate a hollow organ or cavity from the inside. Endoscopy is used to diagnose diseases such as anemia, inflammation, bleeding, diarrhea, cancer, among others. Endoscopy is the method used to detect problems inside an individual’s body and diagnose without incisions, hence making it a minimally invasive way of performing diagnosis. The endoscope is inserted in the body through small openings and minor cuts; the endoscope, with its small camera attached, then brings up images of the internal organs, which are then studied.
Who can undergo an endoscopy?
Your doctor will recommend you to undergo an endoscopy; he might do so for the following reasons –
- If you have been having difficulty in swallowing, which might be caused due to an esophageal stricture or achalasia.
- If you have abdominal pain that is not getting cured and is recurring
- If you have been facing difficulty in feeding because of neurological disorders or altered conscious levels.
- If you have been losing weight without any reason and without meaning to
- If you have noticed blood in your stool
- If you have been suffering from heartburn or indigestion problems
- If you are someone who is suffering from gastric or colonic polyps
- If you have been obtrusive jaundice
Endoscopy can also be done to help assist in surgeries to make them less invasive.
What is the cost of an Endoscopy?
The cost that you incur for undergoing an endoscopy is governed by a lot of factors they are –
Types of endoscopy
There are various types of endoscopy that are performed for different regions of the body; depending on the region, your cost might fluctuate, so let’s have a look at the different types of endoscopies-
Gastroscopy is a type of endoscopy that is used to check inside the gastrointestinal tracts of your body. An endoscope with a camera attached is lowered inside the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, which is the first part of the intestine.
The cost of this procedure will depend on the hospital that you choose to undergo endoscopy in and the severity of your condition. The cost of gastroscopy can range between 800 – 54600 rupees.
Colonoscopy is used to examine and detect any changes or abnormalities in the colon and rectum part of your body. In this, a long flexible tube with a camera attached is passed through the rectum, and the tiny video camera at the top will help the doctor view the insides of your large intestine.
The cost of undergoing a colonoscopy will range between 8000 to 23000 rupees, changing according to various factors.
Bronchoscopy refers to the bronchial tubes in the lung. And as the name suggests, this is a type of endoscopy that is used to examine your lungs. In this, an endoscope is inserted in your body through the mouth, nose, or sometimes through a tracheostomy. This procedure is performed to visualize the insides of the airways and to see if there are any problems.
A bronchoscopy may be recommended to you by a lug doctor or if you are facing any lung issues. The cost of undergoing a bronchoscopy is between 8000 to 20,000 rupees. This cost will fluctuate based on your hospital choice and region.
If you are a female who has been facing abnormal bleeding, then you will most likely be asked to undergo a hysteroscopy. Hysteroscopy is a procedure used to look inside the uterus and find out what is causing problems to its functioning. Hysteroscopy makes use of a device called a hysteroscope which is inserted into your body through the cervix. By using the camera attached to the top of the device, doctors can view and diagnose the intrauterine pathology.
The cost of undergoing a hysteroscopy can range between 8,000 to 25, 000 fluctuating based on your choice of hospital.
To examine the lining of your bladder and the urethra (the tube that is responsible for taking out the bladder from your body), the procedure known as cystoscopy is used. In this, a cystoscope armed with a camera is inserted into your body through the urethra and makes its way towards the bladder from there. The camera then sends back images that help the doctors diagnose the ailments.
When the doctor wants to examine the lower part of your intestine, he will suggest you undergo a sigmoidoscopy. This procedure helps detect any abnormalities in the lower part of the large intestine, which is the colon. The thin, flexible tube enters your body through the anus and reaches the nearest part of the colon – the sigmoid colon, hence giving it the name sigmoidoscopy. Based on the device used to perform a sigmoidoscopy, there are two options – a flexible sigmoidoscopy and a rigid sigmoidoscopy.
The price of undergoing this procedure can fluctuate between 6000 to 54000 rupees.
This minimally invasive method is recommended to look into digestive and lung diseases. A special endoscope is used in this procedure; this endoscope can produce high-frequency sounds which get reflected back by the walls of the organs; this is used to create images of the organs, which are then studied. This is different from the other types of endoscopies as the endoscope used here uses sound to form the images. This process can be used to look at organs’ walls or study their adjacent structures.
This unique procedure that uses sound can cost between 1500 to 30 000 rupees based on factors like your hospital and the region where your hospital is located.
Wireless capsule endoscopy
This is a unique type of endoscopy that does not use an endoscope to produce images. In this, no endoscope is inserted in your body; instead, you will be asked to swallow a pill. The pill that you swallow will contain a small camera that will transmit images from inside of your body to a computer, studying which a doctor can perform his diagnosis.
The cost of this procedure can be around 45,000 rupees.
Before performing an endoscopy surgery, you will have to consult a doctor and talk to them about the problems you are facing. Only afterward will they recommend you undergo an endoscopy based on your requirements. For this, you will have to have a consultation with the doctor.
Doctors charge a consultation fee; this can range anywhere between 500- 1000, even going higher or lower based on the hospital you choose. For example, if you choose a government hospital, your consultation charge may sometimes be nil, while in a private hospital, it can go even beyond 1000.
After undergoing endoscopy, you will be asked to rest in the hospital for one to two hours to allow the anesthesia to wear off. Occupying a room for this duration will be charged by the hospital; you can expect around 500- 1000 rupees based on the hospital you choose.
If, after performing the endoscopy, you had to undergo treatment, you may be required to stay in the hospital for more time based on the treatment you received for this; also, you will have to occupy a hospital room that will be charged.
If you undergo an endoscopy during surgery, you will have to stay in the hospital based on the severity of the surgery. Most surgeries will require you to stay at the hospital for at least one week under the doctor’s supervision, with some even requiring you to stay in the ICU for the initial part of the recovery process.
The cost of occupying a hospital room can range between 500- 1000 per day. The cost can go higher in private hospitals where you can avail yourself of various amenities in your room and go lower in government hospitals.
Q. What are the risks of undergoing an endoscopy?
Infection, bleeding, perforation of the organ wall, reaction to the sedation used (anesthesia) are the risks involved while undergoing an endoscopy.
Q. Is endoscopy painful?
No, endoscopy is not a painful procedure; you may not be comfortable when a tube is passed through your mouth; hence you are given a sedative before the surgery to make you feel comfortable.
Endoscopy is a minimally invasive method of knowing what’s going wrong inside your body and helping diagnose it. Though understanding how much it will cost is confusing, we have made it simpler for you by stating the costs you should account for, the costs of the types of endoscopy, and the cost of other variables that you need to consider.
With this, you can be more financially aware of your expenses. Let us know in the comments which point you found most helpful.