We found 6 providers matching colonoscopy and who accept Aetna Managed Choice near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Dr. Kuntal Mihir Thaker, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kuntal Thaker's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Thaker's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thaker honors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Thaker's office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Thaker (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , colonoscopy

All Interests: Colitis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kourosh F Ghassemi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1662 Dominican Way
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kourosh Ghassemi's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Ghassemi is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for his residency. Dr. Ghassemi is conversant in Persian. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Ghassemi's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colonoscopy

All Interests: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $735
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $153
Dr. Suejin S Kim, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Suejin Kim's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Kim's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kim takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Kim welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colonoscopy

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy, Colorectal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 239
  • Charge (avg.): $998 - $2,277
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $30 - $313
Dr. Joseph Boyd B Palascak, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Palascak specializes in adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Palascak is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and interventional endoscopy. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Palascak obtained his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colonoscopy

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 249
  • Charge (avg.): $998 - $2,102
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $32 - $286
Dr. Geoffrey Peter Bernstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Geoffrey Bernstein's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bernstein honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Michael Reese Hospital, Dr. Bernstein attended medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 207
  • Charge (avg.): $1,708 - $2,263
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $211 - $313
Dr. Donald E Schepps, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
2911 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Donald Schepps is a specialist in vascular surgery. He works in Santa Cruz, CA. In his practice, Dr. Schepps focuses on surgical procedures. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schepps takes. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schepps's office for an appointment.

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Clinical Interests: Lymphadenectomy, Thoracic Problems, Sclerotherapy, Spider Veins, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 15
  • Charge (avg.): $1,200
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $206

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What is a Colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is the use of a special tool called a colonoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end) to examine the inside of the colon and rectum. The tube is typically inserted anally, and it allows the physician to examine the large intestine from the inside. It may be done at any time to diagnose bowel problems, but routine colonoscopies are advised after the age of 50 to screen for colon cancer.

A colonoscopy may be performed to diagnose:
  • Intestinal ulcers
  • Polyps
  • Bowel cancer
  • An unidentified source of pain or bleeding in the intestine

You may be asked to drink only liquids in the days before a colonoscopy, or you may be given an enema to remove residual fecal matter. Before the exam, you are given medication to help you relax, and you lay on your side on a table. The scope is inserted into the anus and gently moved all the way through the large intestine. Air may be pumped into the intestine to improve the view for the physician. Any polyps that are found will be removed. Then the colonoscope will be withdrawn. A colonoscopy is not usually painful, but you may feel some bloating or have some cramps right afterward. If you had polyps removed you might experience a small amount of bleeding. Any side effects should go away within a few hours.
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