As you age, the number of health screenings that your provider recommends
is likely to increase. One of those suggested tests is often a colonoscopy,
which is recommended as early as age 45. Although not a favorite among
patients, everyone is encouraged to have these life-saving screenings,
which are used to detect colorectal cancer.
To help make getting these procedures more convenient, Mile Bluff has introduced
the easy-access colonoscopy. This is an option available to individuals
who are otherwise healthy, and are in need of a screening colonoscopy.
The easy-access option does not require patients to schedule and attend
the usual clinic visits before the procedure.
Historically, colonoscopy procedures have been scheduled after a visit
to a primary care provider. Then, two additional clinic appointments would
be required - one with a general surgeon, and the other again with the
primary care provider. For patients who qualify, the easy-access colonoscopy
saves time and money by eliminating the need for two of those clinic appointments.
If it is time for you to have a screening colonoscopy, you can ‘apply’
to see if you are eligible for this new process. If approved, your procedure
will be scheduled. If, however, it is determined that it would be safest
for you to have a provider review your medical history and assess your
current condition, a pre-procedure appointment will be scheduled first.
This will help to determine the best and safest way to meet your health needs.
For more information about easy-access colonoscopy, or to see if you qualify,
call Mile Bluff’s Surgery Department at 608-847-1030.