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

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

Dr. Kuntal Thaker is a gastroenterologist in Santa Cruz, CA. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Thaker has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thaker accepts. In addition to English, Dr. Thaker (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Thaker's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colonoscopy

All Interests: Colitis, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Liver Cancer, Upper ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 324
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,043 - $2,267
  • Medicare Cost: $30 - $310
Dr. Kourosh F Ghassemi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1662 Dominican Way
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kourosh Ghassemi is an adult gastroenterologist in Santa Cruz, CA. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Ghassemi performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is conversant in Persian. Dr. Ghassemi is affiliated with 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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Relevant Interests: , colonoscopy

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Liver Cancer, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $735
  • Medicare Cost: $153
Dr. Joseph Boyd B Palascak, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Palascak sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Palascak's areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and interventional endoscopy. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Palascak is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , colonoscopy

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 249
  • Uninsured Cost: $998 - $2,102
  • Medicare Cost: $32 - $286
Dr. Suejin S Kim, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Suejin Kim is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kim is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. In her practice, Dr. Kim focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim accepts. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Kim completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colonoscopy

All Interests: Hypertension, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Sigmoidoscopy, Colorectal Cancer ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 239
  • Uninsured Cost: $998 - $2,277
  • Medicare Cost: $30 - $313
Dr. Geoffrey Peter Bernstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Geoffrey Bernstein is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and then he performed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital. Dr. Bernstein's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bernstein's practice is open to new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 173
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,877 - $2,263
  • Medicare Cost: $229 - $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. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Schepps is especially interested in surgical procedures. Dr. Schepps honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 15
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,200
  • Medicare Cost: $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 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.