OPEN ACCESS COLONOSCOPY
If you are looking at this, you probably already think you should have a colonoscopy, are considering it, or are wondering if it’s time.
WHO SHOULD HAVE A COLONOSCOPY?
- You’ve reached that wonderful age of 50 (or more), and your doctor, friend or spouse has encouraged you to get tested (also known as screening). Starting at 50 is a good idea because ninety percent of colon cancer develops after that age. You probably are not having any problems, such as bleeding, pain or change in bowels, but be aware that most polyps & even small cancer may not cause any symptoms.
- Although family history is certainly important, 80% of colorectal cancers develop in patients without a known family history of cancer.
- There are some people who should start getting tested at a younger age. If members of your family have a history of colon polyps or colon cancers, other related cancers of the uterus, stomach or urinary bladder, you might need to start before 50. This is certainly something you should discuss with your doctor or make an appointment to speak to one of us.
WHAT IS OPEN ACCESS COLONOSCOPY?
If you are generally in good health, you might be eligible to enroll in our “open access” program. By watching a brief video (less than 10 minutes), then filling out a few forms & mailing or faxing them to our office, our schedulers will decide if you can be scheduled. This would bypass the need to have an initial consultation with our doctors. Many people are very busy and having to take additional time off can be a major stumbling block. This is more convenient, saves time and money. Although you will have an opportunity to speak with the doctor on the day of your procedure, this is not a full consultation. If you want to meet the doctor ahead of time, have significant concerns or problems, please call the office to make an appointment for a consultation.
WHO SHOULD NOT CHOOSE OPEN ACCESS?
Open access is not for everyone. Some reasons why you may need to be evaluated in the office prior to your colonoscopy are:
- You have a history of colon cancer, have had colon surgery or have been treated for inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)
- If you have colon & rectal problems, such as change in bowel habits, bleeding, anemia, severe hemorrhoids or pain with bowel movements, we would ask that you be seen in the office prior to the day of your colonoscopy.
- Some patients with significant medical or surgical histories may be asked to come in for a consultation.
WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP TO ENROLL IN THE OPEN ACCESS PROGRAM?
Click on the video below which will explain the process before, during & after the colonoscopy. After viewing the video, please access the forms necessary below. Please complete & send them to our office. We will be in touch with you within 10 days to review and, if eligible, schedule your procedure with one of our doctors.
Please fill out and print the form below. It cannot be saved or emailed because of privacy concerns. After completing the form, print it, then mail or fax it (856-428-2718) to our office. Thank you
Open Access Medical History Form