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If your PCP has recently recommended that you receive a colonoscopy, you may want to consider a direct access procedure at Abington Surgical Center.
Typically, a separate consultation with a GI specialist is required prior to scheduling the test. However, with Direct Access Colonoscopy, this additional office visit may not be necessary. If you are currently in good health with no medical complications, you can avoid the expense and delay of an additional consultation and schedule the procedure yourself (or with the assistance of your PCP).
Our team of board certified physicians and clinicians use state-of-the-art technology to perform the
endoscopic procedure and will provide the results directly to your primary care physician. The caring staff
at Abington Surgical Center will guide you through the process to ensure the safe and efficient delivery
Indications to schedule a Direct Access Colonoscopy may include:
- Screening colonoscopy for patients over 50
- Screening for family history of colon cancer
- Suspected stomach ulcer
- Follow up of polyps in the bowel
- Acid reflux
- Iron deficient anemia
Ideal patients for Direct Access Colonoscopy are:
- Generally healthy
- On few, if any medications
- Generally under the age of 70
Abington Surgical Center and the GI physician require baseline patient information to determine if you are a good candidate for direct access colonoscopy and scheduling.
If you are a patient, please call:
You will be asked for the following information:
- Date of birth
- Telephone number
- Insurance ID#
- Referring Doctor
- Office number of referring doctor
Your information will be forwarded to the Board Certified GI physician who will call you to review your health history to ensure your safety in undergoing a colonoscopy. Once “cleared,” your test will be scheduled and you will provided instructions to prep for the test.
If you are from a physician’s office, you can also phone in the information as detailed above or you can fax the information by downloading the information sheet provided here.
Completed information sheets can be faxed to 215-957-0565.
Know your insurance coverage!
Colonoscopies done in an independent outpatient center like Abington Surgical Center often have lower co-pays than hospital affiliated endoscopy centers.
See Blue Cross Blue Shield’s policy on screening colonoscopies by clicking here