Colonoscopy is advised for all average-risk patients, age 50 and older, as a method of colon cancer screening. During the colonoscopy, any polyps that are seen will be removed and submitted to pathology. Patients with significant illnesses (poorly controlled diabetes, significant cardiac disease, severe breathing problems, or kidney problems, for example) are advised to make an appointment for consultation prior to the procedure. Patients who have a cardiac defibrillator will need to be scheduled at the hospital for closer cardiac monitoring. Patients who have a history of pelvic radiation or any other history that may increase the risk of a routine screening colonoscopy will be advised to meet with their assigned physician first in consultation, so that the physician may take a detailed history and ensure that you have a safe and beneficial experience.
If you have underlying abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, or any other gastrointestinal issue, a colonoscopy may not be the best initial examination for you. Additionally, the physician will have very limited time to discuss past medical history or ongoing problems at the time of endoscopy, and hence, your care would best be served at a regular clinic visit.
For those who require efficient and expert colon cancer screening, we invite you to proceed with the following prompts. You will be contacted to arrange a very brief nurse visit to finalize insurance documents, obtain a prescription for the bowel preparation, and obtain final instructions for your colonoscopy. To best serve you, you will be assigned to the first available physician. We look forward to seeing you soon!
If you are not contacted within 48 hours of submitting this form (not counting weekends or holidays), please call 480.985.1700 and ask for our Practice Administrator, Brenda Harding. She may be also reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org