Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in America.
A colonoscopy is an excellent means by which to detect problems before cancer develops. The American Cancer Society recommends regular screening by colonoscopy beginning at age 50. If you have a family history of colon cancer or if you are African American the recommendation is to start screening at age 45.
To examine the colon, or large intestine, a colonoscopy is performed on an outpatient basis. The colon is approximately five to six feet in length and has numerous functions. This procedure aids doctors in diagnosing cancer, polyps, colitis and other serious disorders.
Prior to the procedure, the patient will receive instructions on how to clean and empty the colon. This generally consists of a special solution, laxatives or enemas followed by a clear liquid diet until the colonoscopy is performed. The patient will receive a mild sedative to reduce discomfort.
A colonoscope is gently passed through the anus and into the colon, so the doctor may view images on a monitor. Other procedures, such as a biopsy and removing polyps, can be performed during a colonoscopy, if necessary.
Following the procedure, you may experience some slight cramping in your abdomen. This will generally subside within an hour. Colonoscopy results are immediate, while other procedures performed during the colonoscopy may take up to two weeks to obtain results.
A colonoscopy is a safe, outpatient procedure that takes approximately 15-30 minutes and could save your life. We now offer Open Access, a quick and easy way for you to schedule your colonoscopy screening.
Colonoscopy Screening by Open Access
We are pleased to introduce Colonoscopy Screening by Open Access. Using Open Access allows you to schedule your Colon Cancer Screening without a pre-procedure office visit, saving you time and money, but most importantly it saves lives.
Open Access is for healthy adults, 75 years of age or younger who have no significant gastrointestinal symptoms. To participate in the Open Access program you will be asked to answer a brief Health Assessment Questionnaire. To schedule, simply call us at (864) 678-8191 or complete our form and either mail or fax it to our office. Once we receive your information we will contact you to set up your procedure. Download our form below or pick up a copy at any of our office locations.
Schedule with Open Access
To provide your information and schedule over the phone, please call us at (864) 678-8191. Otherwise, complete the following steps:
Step 1 - Download and print Open Access form. You would need to have your insurance information available, as well as any medications you are presently taking. If there are medical concerns identified by the Health Assessment Questionnaire, you may need a preliminary appointment.
Step 2 - Complete and mail form to the address below -OR- fax to our office
Open Access Program
Gastroenterology Associates, PA
200 Patewood Drive, Suite B200
Greenville, SC 29615
Fax - (864) 451-5187
Step 3 - Wait for our call
Once we receive your information, we will contact you to set up your procedure date. Please allow 5-7 business days for postmarked mail, 2-3 business days for faxed forms.
Our schedulers are available Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon via phone @ (864) 678-8191 or via fax @ (864) 451-5187.
Thank you for allowing us to participate in your gastroenterology care. We look forward to serving you.