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Colonoscopy - Direct Access

Easier Scheduling for Colonoscopy Healthy individuals can schedule a colonoscopy with PinnacleHealth Surgical Associates without having a preliminary appointment.
Many patients appreciate this as they do not have to miss work or pay an additional co-pay. To schedule a direct access colonoscopy please call: (717) 761-4141 Ask For Direct Access Colonoscopy

Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines

  • Age 50 for average risk and every 10 years unless abnormal findings on colonoscopy; symptoms such as abdominal or rectal pain, bleeding, change in bowel habits; or family history of colon or rectal cancer or polyps
  • Family History (Index relative <50 years) 10 years younger than the index relative or age 40, whichever is younger
  • Personal history of colon adenomas; Perform colonoscopy every 3-5 years
  • If you fall into one of these categories, you should consider scheduling a colon cancer screening.

Exclusion Criteria For Direct Access Colonoscopy

If you meet any of the criteria below, please schedule an office visit to review your current conditions to prior to your colonoscopy:
  • Active coronary artery disease or MI within the past 12 months
  • Unstable COPD or asthma; or on home oxygen
  • CVA within past 6 months
  • Unstable diabetes
  • AICD or pacemaker placement with in past 6 months
  • Age 75 years or greater
  • Coumadin, Plavix, Pradaxa, Ticlid, or Xarelto use
  • Weight 300 pounds or greater
  • Hospitalization within past 6 months for CHF, Asthma, COPD