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FAQ-Open Endoscopy Assessment

OPEN ENDOSCOPY ASSESSMENT

By Marcia Price

 

If you have never heard the term Open Endoscopy Assessment, let me take a few minutes to introduce you to the process.

Here we go…..

OK, today is your birthday and you just hit that 50 year old milestone.  Well, happy birthday, but now it is time for your Screening Colonoscopy. 

I’m sure many of you have seen the media ads about Colon cancer being the #1 cancer killer in America. Still, many people just wait until their primary care doctor or gynecologist bring it up before even considering scheduling a colonoscopy!  If you haven’t already called us for an appointment, I guarantee your doctor will be sending us a referral to make you that appointment.  Unappealing as it may seem, don’t fret----this is a life-saving exam and remember, we are all working together to help prevent Colon Cancer.

The good news is, whether this is your first time for a screening colonoscopy or if you are due for a recall colonoscopy, we can eliminate the inconvenience of coming in for an office visit prior to your procedure.  This assessment is a phone interview by one of our qualified staff members.  Oh wait, one minor catch…you must be a healthy person with NO complicated medical history and you must be under the age of 80. Rules are rules, true, but mostly they are there for your benefit and safety.

Whether you call us or we call you, we would like to make this process as simple as possible, by having you speak to only one person from start to finish.

We will start by asking you demographic information, which will include name, address, telephone numbers and insurance information.  The next step will be a series of medical history questions about you and your immediate family members, types of surgeries you had in the past, some social information, and a complete list of your medications and allergies. 

Now that you know this in advance, please have that information available for the call.  It is a good practice to have the information written down and carried in your wallet at all times.  We all know no matter what doctor’s office or hospital you go to, they will all ask the same information - and now you are all prepared to hand them that paper folded up in your wallet and make life easier for yourself.

OK, we are almost finished. After we collect the information, we will schedule your procedure with one of our Board Certified physicians on a day and time that works best with your schedule.  During this part of the discussion, you will be informed of the bowel prep you will be asked to use for your procedure.  A few days after the conversation, you will receive an envelope of important information in the mail.  Please be sure to open the envelope and read the entire contents at least a week prior to your procedure.  The envelope will contain your prep instructions and prescription if appropriate, a brochure “Understanding Colonoscopies”, and information about the facility.

Some important information to remember:

  • You must have a responsible driver 18 years or older accompany you and take you home.
  • You cannot drive the remainder of the day due to the sedation administered during the procedure.
  • You may not use public transportation unaccompanied.
  • Follow the instructions regarding when to STOP eating and drinking prior to the procedure.

If you wish to set up your screening colonoscopy, please call us at 610-374-4401 option 5.