Direct Access Colonoscopy

Direct Access Colonoscopy

Thank you for expressing interest in completing your colonoscopy at Abington Surgical Center. We make it safe, easy and cost efficient!

Medical guidelines recommend that individuals complete a screening colonoscopy at the age of 45.  Typically, a separate consultation with a GI specialist is required prior to scheduling, costing additional time and money, however, there is an alternative.  Abington surgical center offers a direct access colonoscopy program.  What this means is that if you are a healthy individual, taking few to no medications with no prior GI history, you can potentially forego the step of seeing a GI physician for a consult.

Indications to schedule a Direct Access Colonoscopy may include:

  • Screening colonoscopy for patients over 45
  • Screening for family history of colon cancer
  • Suspected stomach ulcer
  • Follow up of polyps in the bowel
  • Indigestion/heartburn
  • Acid reflux
  • Iron deficient anemia
Safety is top priority, so the following steps need to be completed to successfully schedule your direct access colonoscopy.
  1. Contact our nurse navigator at 267-960-1440. Please have the following information ready:
    • Name
    • Date of birth
    • Email address
    • Telephone number
    • Insurance
    • Insurance ID#
    • Referring doctor – name and phone number
    • Pharmacy name and phone number
  2. You will be required to fill out an on-line medical history which you can complete at home or the nurse can complete this with you over the phone. The nurse navigator will provide the information to complete the online medical history.
  3. The nurse reviews the information provided. Then, she will forward your information to the anesthesia department and then along to the GI physician.
  4. The GI physician’s office will contact you to review any other necessary information and to discuss the prep instruction. The GI’s office will coordinate the scheduling of the test at Abington Surgical Center.

Who will be completing the procedure?

Mark Bierhoff, M.D.
Practicing with Northeast GI Associates
Gastroenterology and Hepatology (board certified)
Medical School: New Jersey Medical School
Internship: Medical College of Pennsylvania
Residency: Medical College of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Temple University School of Medicine
More About Dr. Bierhoff Dr. Bierhoff has safely completed thousands of colonoscopies in his tenure as a board-certified GI physician. He is committed to the well-being of all of his patients and strives to provide the highest quality of care available. He believes in personalized care tailored to the needs and wants of each patient. Partnering with Abington Surgical Center allows him to provide the best care available with the highest level of comfort. He strives to exceed your expectations of medical expertise, care, attention, kindness and privacy.

Will it be uncomfortable?

The staff at Abington Surgical Center are caring, supportive and there to ensure your comfort and safety. Our dedicated anesthesiologists ensure that you likely will not even be aware that the test is being performed. The preparation for the test has improved over the years.

How much will it cost?

Abington Surgical Center accepts most insurances in addition to offering a cash pay rate. Your bill can be paid by cash or credit card. Every insurance is different, but know that as an independent outpatient facility. Abington Surgical Center is the most cost-efficient option for your colonoscopy. Our billing staff works with you so you will have an understanding of what your colonoscopy will cost prior to the procedure. For more information on billing and payment options, please call our Business Office Manager at 214-443-9483.

Don’t delay…Call our nurse navigator today to schedule an appointment. (267)960-1440