Direct Access Colonoscopy Program
Are you 45 years of age or older and never had a screening colonoscopy? Are you 40 years of age or older with a family history of colon cancer?
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. Early detection is the key to prevention. Ask us about scheduling your screening colonoscopy.
What is a Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a procedure that is used to look for colon polyps, colon cancer, diverticula, or other abnormalities. The most common reason people receive a colonoscopy is for colon cancer screening. This is generally recommended for patients over the age of 45 every ten years, if they have no personal or family history of polyps or colon cancer.
Sometimes patients will have other reasons they need a colonoscopy – like a history of colon polyps, a family history of colon cancer, blood in the stool, constipation, or a history of diverticulitis, among others.
This procedure is done in a procedure room with minimal sedation—which reduces your cost if the procedure is not covered at 100% by your insurance carrier as a preventative benefit, or if the colonoscopy is for a medical condition.
How to Get Started
Contact our Surgery Center Scheduler at 360-626-5266 to request an appointment. We will work with you and your schedule to find a procedure date. We can typically get you on our schedule within 1-2 weeks.
You will receive a phone call from our surgery scheduler 1 business day before your procedure with your arrival time.
Once you have been scheduled, the physician’s office will call in a prescription to your pharmacy for your bowel prep which will clean out the colon. There are 2 bowel preps to choose from:
- GoLYTELY – typically covered by insurance, however there is a larger volume to drink. Download Instructions (PDF)
- SUPREP – typically not covered by insurance and costs around $100, however there is a smaller volume to drink. Download Instructions (PDF)
Day of Procedure
You MUST have a designated individual to be your escort. Your escort will need to remain in the facility throughout your procedure and drive you home afterwards. If you do not have an escort, your procedure will be cancelled. *Please click here if you are in need of an Escort and/or Transportation Services*
Once you arrive at the center an IV will be placed which will be used to give you medication that will make you sleepy. The exam will take about 30-45 minutes. You will then be observed for a short period of time to make sure you have recovered from the medication. You will then be discharged.
After Your Procedure
You shouldn’t operate any machinery, drive, or make major decisions following your procedure. You can resume your normal diet right after surgery. The doctor will then notify you of the results via a phone call.