Qualifying patients for the open access option are those:
- Between the ages of 45 to 74
- Considered to be generally healthy
- Not on blood thinners, dialysis, and do not have an implanted defibrillator
- At average risk* for colon cancer. The criterion for determining if you are considered “average risk” are listed in the next section.
If you have any digestive issues or have one of the above health conditions, we recommend that you come into the office and meet with Dr. Brown or Megan Canady, our Physician Assistant, prior to scheduling your colonoscopy.
The office visit will consist of :
- An evaluation by one of our Medical Assistants to gather your medication list, health history, and check your vitals.
- Then, any digestive or health issues will be discussed with either Dr. Brown or Megan. Based on that discussion, a plan of action will be reviewed with you.
- Next, you will be taken back to schedule your colonoscopy or other procedures with one of our Medical Assistants.
- During your meeting with the Medical Assistant, you will be given the procedure day/time, where to go, and instructions on how to take your prep.
If you are scheduling a screening colonoscopy and don’t have any of the above issues, it is easiest to schedule without a prior office visit. However, if you have anything you would like to discuss, coming into the office is also easy and efficient.