An Open Access colonoscopy allows healthy patients (with no significant gastrointestinal symptoms*) to skip the routine office visit that is typically needed before a colonoscopy, and directly make an appointment with our office. This is a life-saving procedure that is essential in detecting colon cancer.
Strong Candidates For An Open Access Colonoscopy
- Patients between the age of 50-74, with no personal or family history of colon cancer.
- Weight of 350 lbs and under.
- Patients with no significant heart or breathing conditions.
- Patients who: 1) have never had a polyp removed before 2) are not on any blood thinners 3) are currently not having any symptoms (abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting)
Why Schedule An Open Access Colonoscopy?
- Skip the normal office visit.
- Save time and co-pay*.
- A colonoscopy can detect symptoms developed from a disease that might be confined within the colon. When found early, colon cancers are over 90% curable.
Why Chose Dr. Sameer Islam?
- Gastroenterologists are specially trained and experienced in performing colonoscopies.
- It is recommended that you find a physician that has an ADR, the rate at which they find and remove precancerous polyps, of at least 20%. Dr. Islam's ADR is 45%.
Your Next Steps
- Make an appointment.
- Complete New Patient Forms and Colon Cancer Screenings Form.
- Receive a prescription for the recommended type of bowel prep. Please follow all prep instructions carefully.
- Come in for your appointment.
Since this procedure is designed to be convenient and quick, you will only meet with the doctor for a few minutes prior to the procedure. Our staff is happy to answer any questions you may have relating to your prep, the colonoscopy itself, and patient discharge.
The results of your colonoscopy will be analyzed and discussed with you after the procedure is complete.
**If you are not sure if you have a gastrointestinal condition or if you are experiencing specific or chronic gastrointestinal symptoms, it’s recommended to come in for an appointment before scheduling an open access colonoscopy. Always check with your insurance before you contact Dr. Islam to make sure you understand potential costs associated with your appointment or procedure. The qualifications for an Open Access colonoscopy are very specific and may exclude many patients with gastrointestinal histories from taking advantage of the service at no cost. Patients may be required to pay co-pays and deductibles.