Get Screened Fast With the Open Access Colonoscopy Program
Has your primary care physician told you about our “Open Access Colonoscopy”? Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles patients who meet specific criteria may be able to schedule a colonoscopy with Dr. Berookim without having an initial consultation visit. This is a convenient way to get screened for colorectal cancer. We understand that patients can have hectic schedules and finding time to see a doctor can be a difficult task. The goal of this program is to make sure that busy patients have absolutely no reason to skip this very important test.
Who Is a Candidate for Open Access Colonoscopy?
Patients are offered the opportunity to participate in this type of colon cancer screening program based on a review of their health records, medical history and risk factors. These might include age, personal or family history of colon polyps, family history of colon cancer, or certain signs of potential cancer. This program is not intended for patients who have serious symptoms that might need to be discussed in detail prior to a colonoscopy. Healthy patients without any serious medical problems are eligible for open access colonoscopy.
Is Having a Colonoscopy Without a Consultation OK?
For patients who are appropriate candidates for this type of program, the answer is “Yes.” A recent study including almost 16,000 patients was conducted from 2006 through 2010 by the Henry Ford Hospital to find out how well open access programs work. The results showed conclusively that open access colonoscopy programs are both safe and effective. The patient outcomes, including risks and complications, were no higher for open access patients than for patients who received a consultation. This type of initiative can save lives by ensuring that patients can easily access this important screening test. Patients do still receive one-on-one attention over the phone covering all the necessary instructions, information and education about the colonoscopy prior to their procedure.
What If a Patient Does Want a Consultation?
Participation in an open access colonoscopy program is simply a convenience that many patients find helpful. We will never rush you to make any decision regarding your medical care. If you have any questions or concerns that are not fully addressed prior to your procedure, or if you would feel more comfortable or confident with more time to speak with Dr. Berookim, please do schedule a consultation.
Dr. Berookim saves patients time by participating in expedited referral programs for open access colonoscopy. Hollywood, LA, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills area patients can call 310.271.1122 to set up a convenient time for their colon cancer screening.