What Is a Colonoscopy?

The procedure involves a flexible tube (colonoscope) inserted through the rectum so it can view the inside of the large bowel (colon). This tube transmits images to a screen where signs of a medical condition can be seen.

The colonoscope is about half the thickness of an electrical cord, with a camera and light, for viewing the bowel up-close and in detail. It is flexible and can be turned around curves, allowing it to travel through the entire length of the colon.

Self Pay Surgery Costs for Colonoscopy Surgery in Australia

Colonoscopy wait time in public hospitals in Australia

Public Wait Time can be up to

0 days *

The Public Health System In Australia Has A Waiting Period For General Surgeries - 90% Of Patients Waited This Length Of Time For This Procedure In The 2019/2020 Calendar Year.

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COLONOSCOPY SURGERY - who is it for?

Who Is A Colonoscopy For?​

Anyone with unexplained changes in bowel habits or a family history of chronic bowel disease or bowel cancer.

What are the benefits?

You’ll be able to identify the cause of any gut-related issues like unexpected weight loss or anal bleeding; and even catch bowel cancer early and eradicate it.

What happens During Surgery?

A Colonoscopy can take 25 – 45 minutes. Most people have a mild anaesthetic to minimise any pain or discomfort.

How long Will I Stay in hospital?

You will go home the same day.

What is my recovery time?

You should make a full recovery within one day.

Meet the Surgeons

Dr Andrew Chong, bariatric surgeon for Self Pay Surgery at Mulgrave Private Hospital

Dr Andrew Chong

Dr Andrew Chong graduated from University of Melbourne in 2011, with a year of research in the UK at Imperial College London. He obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2021. Andrew subsequently travelled to Singapore and completed a fellowship in Upper GI and Bariatric Surgery, developing skills in advanced minimally-invasive GI surgery.


A Prof Chrys Hensman

Mr Chrys Hensman

Associate Professor Chrys Hensman graduated in surgery from Monash University after which he undertook specialisation in the United Kingdom in advanced laparoscopic surgery. He gained his Australian Fellowship in surgery in 1994. Chrys is one of Mulgrave Private Hospital's bariatric surgeons, completing many Self Pay Surgery Weight Loss Surgeries


Mr Ravish Jootun, colorectal and general surgeon, Self Pay Surgery at Mulgrave Private Hospital
Mr Ravish Jootun

Mr Ravish Jootun is a general and colorectal surgeon, who specialises in laparoscopic hernia surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder surgery and laparoscopic/robotic bowel surgery. He also performs both colonoscopy and gastroscopy and is actively involved in bowel cancer screening, with an interest in bowel cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. He also able to do laparoscopic and robotic assisted surgery for bowel cancer (Da Vinci® robot Certified)


Dr Thomas Suhardja

Dr Thomas Suhardja

Dr Thomas Suhardja is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Monash Health. He attended Medicine the University of Melbourne and completed a Master of Surgery in the University of Sydney. His scope of practice includes colonoscopy, gastroscopy & colonoscopy together, these surgeries are available as Self Pay Surgeries at Mulgrave Private Hospital


SURGERY - criteria

Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?

You are suitable for this surgery if:

  • You are over 16 years of age
  • You are not pregnant
  • You do not require complex rehabilitation or have a chronic disease that would require immediate post-operative care in an intensive care unit
  • You do not have sickle cell anaemia, renal failure or have had a cardiac arrest or cardiac intervention (e.g. insertions of stents) in the last six months
Simple ways to Pay

Payment Plans

If you’re looking for ways to pay for your surgery, there are options available with Self Pay Surgery. From using your own superannuation, to getting finance from one of our Pay Later payment providers, check our Payment Plans page for the details.


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