Open Access Colonoscopy

Your time is valuable! In an effort to make colon cancer screening more convenient for you, we offer open access colonoscopy. Open access is a more convenient way of having a colonoscopy and/or EGD (upper endoscopy) without having to come in for an office visit prior to the procedure. We have incorporated this option for patients in an effort to reduce time away from work, family, or other important tasks. It also serves to free up our clinic schedule for patients who are symptomatic and require a higher acuity of care.

It is important to note that not everyone qualifies for an open access procedure. In order to qualify, patients must:

1. Be in good general health, and without other medical conditions.

2. Be less than 65 years of age.

3. Should not be using medications that can thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding.

Patients requesting open access must fill out a brief questionnaire that the doctor will review to determine eligibility. Please send us the questionnaire, a copy of your insurance card, and a copy of your driver’s license via US mail, e-mail, or fax and within 48 hours a member of our staff or the doctor will contact you regarding your eligibility and discuss the next steps. Click here to download the Open access form v1 11_8_15.

If the doctor feels that it would be in your best interest to have an office appointment prior to your procedure, the office will contact you to schedule an office visit. Alternatively, if you are eligible for open access, our office staff will call you to discuss the details of the procedure including: scheduling, billing, and pre-procedure preparation instructions.

After your procedure is scheduled, we will then schedule a brief, 5-minute, telephone conversation with the doctor where he will review the benefits, risks, and alternatives of your procedure and anesthesia with you. During this telephone conversation, you will have the opportunity to ask the doctor any questions that you may have regarding the procedure. Please note that the purpose of this brief telephone conversation is not to discuss symptoms, obtain diagnoses, or discuss possible treatment options. These topics are best dealt with in person, during a 30 minute in-office consultation.

As always, if you are more comfortable meeting the doctor in person prior to your procedure during an in-office visit, we welcome and encourage you to do so.

Click here to download the necessary paperwork to get started: Open access form v1 11_8_15