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What is an Open Access Colonoscopy?

Open Access Colonoscopy programs are geared to patients who are eligible for Screening or Surveillance colonoscopies. Patients who are experiencing symptoms may need a Diagnostic Colonoscopy and would benefit from formal consultation. Open Access Colonoscopy Plano patients that are in good general health between the ages of 40 - 65 may opt to skip the initial office consultation and book their colonoscopy exam directly. This option may save time and money for the right individual. 

Which patients are eligible for Screening Colonoscopy? 

  • Any patient over 45 years of age

  • Patients over 40 years of age with a family history of colon cancer or polyps

  • If your family member was younger than 50 years of age at the time of diagnosis of a colon cancer or polyp, you may be offered a screening colonoscopy earlier than age 40

How do I know if I qualify as a patient who is in good health? 

If you are interested in scheduling an exam, you can fill out an online, HIPPA-secure form for review, and our office will contact you to confirm that you are eligible for direct scheduling. This is a great option for many of our Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Carrollton, Richardson, and Dallas patient. Some general guidelines includes: 

  • You are not currently experiencing any gastrointestinal symptoms

  • You do not have any chronic active heart disease (i.e. angina, recent heart stent, pacemaker)

  • You do not have any chronic active lung disease (such as Asthma or COPD)

  • You are not taking any blood thinning medications

  • You do not have any sleep disorders (i.e. Sleep Apnea)

What if I am currently experiencing symptoms? 

Patients who are currently experiencing symptoms may be better served by a formal consultation to better understand the nature of your symptoms, and to collaborate on a plan of diagnostic evaluation which may include colonoscopy, lab testing, imaging, or other diagnostic tools. 

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