Direct Access Colonoscopy

What is colonoscopy?

Screening colonoscopy is recommended for everyone over the age of 50 even if you do not have any symptoms. Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death in the US and affected about 1 in 20 people. But thanks to screening colonoscopy, colon cancer is on the decline. Undergoing a screening colonoscopy can prevent colon cancer by detecting and removing precancerous polyps before they turn to cancer.

What is direct access colonoscopy?

Direct access colonoscopy allows for patients without any GI symptoms or major medical problems to directly schedule a colonoscopy without the need for an office consultation .

Do I quality for direct access colonoscopy?

You may quality to schedule a direct access colonoscopy if you can answer NO to all of the following questions:

  1. Do you have any GI symptoms such as unexplained abdominal pain, uncontrolled heartburn, unexplained nausea/vomiting, chronic diarrhea, blood in stool, or unintentional weight loss?

  2. Are you on any blood thinners other than a baby aspirin (less than 100mg) such as Coumadin (warfarin), Plavix (clopidogrel), Xarelto (rivaroxaban), Eliquis (apixaban), Pradaxa (dabigatran), Effient (prasugrel), or Lovenox (enoxaparin)?

  3. Do you have any of the following medical conditions?

    1. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

    2. Congestive heart failure (CHF).

    3. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

    4. Morbid obesity with a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 35.

    5. Recent heart attack or heart stent placed within the last 1 year.

    6. Recent pulmonary embolism (PE) or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) within the last 6 months.

If you answer YES to any of the above questions, we recommend for you to schedule a consultation with our doctors first. Please call our office at 626-898-4560 to schedule an appointment or schedule an appointment online.

If you are able to answer NO to all of the above questions, then you may be eligible to schedule a direct access colonoscopy by completing the online form above.