Open Access Colonoscopy allows patients to skip the pre-colonoscopy doctor’s visit and schedule a colonoscopy directly. This service is for healthy, age-appropriate patients without significant gastrointestinal symptoms. A colonoscopy is advised for all average-risk patients, age 50 and older, as a method of colon cancer screening. At the Center for Colonoscopy Excellence, we provide Open Access colonoscopy appointments as a service because it saves our patients time, effort and money by forgoing the additional doctor’s visit.
Why Do I Need A Colonoscopy?
Colorectal cancer, also referred to as colon cancer, is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S. This is an alarming figure, given that over 90% of colon cancer deaths are preventable. Colon screening should be done while you are feeling healthy in order to detect any abnormalities early on, before signs and symptoms of the disease occur. Screening for colorectal cancer allows for the early detection of colon cancer when it is highly curable, as well as the detection of growths known as polyps which have the potential to grow into colon cancer.
Schedule an Open Access Colonoscopy
If you are in good health and wish to proceed to scheduling your colonoscopy procedure, please complete and submit the necessary patient forms and request an appointment to schedule an Open Access Colonoscopy. Once our office has received your pre-registration information, we will review your records and you will be contacted to schedule your procedure. Please allow three business days for your information to be reviewed by our medical staff. If your health insurance is an HMO plan, our office will request an authorization for the procedure(s) from your medical plan and we will contact you to schedule the procedure(s) once authorization has been approved.
Please note that if you have underlying gastrointestinal issues such as abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, or any other symptoms, an Open Access Colonoscopy may not be the right choice for you. To ensure the highest quality care, patients with significant illnesses (such as poorly controlled diabetes, significant cardiac disease, severe breathing problems and kidney problems) or gastrointestinal concerns, are advised to schedule a doctor’s visit prior to the colonoscopy.
The Leading Option for Colonoscopy in San Francisco, California
With board certified doctors, the highest level of care and total patient comfort, patients choose the Center for Colonoscopy Excellence from throughout Northern California’s Bay Area, including Marin County, Oakland, Berkeley, Palo Alto and other local communities.
The Center for Colonoscopy Excellence, a division of San Francisco Gastroenterology, is the first in the Bay Area to comprehensively focus on screening colonoscopy. Our doctors have performed over 20,000 endoscopic procedures, placing them among the most experienced gastroenterologists in Northern California.