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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 practices adult gastroenterology in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Thaker (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Thaker include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Thaker attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His 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: 337
  • 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Ghassemi include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Ghassemi attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He speaks Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Ghassemi is accepting new patients.

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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Palascak's practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. Dr. Palascak's practice is open to new patients. 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kim include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Kim 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 her office for an appointment.

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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 an adult gastroenterology specialist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bernstein attended the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg for medical school and subsequently trained at Michael Reese Hospital for residency. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Bernstein has an open panel.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 207
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,708 - $2,263
  • Medicare Cost: $211 - $313
Dr. Donald E Schepps, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
2911 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Donald Schepps practices vascular surgery in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Schepps has a special interest in surgical procedures. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Schepps trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. His professional 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.