Direct Access Colonoscopy is a streamlined referral program for patients medically appropriate for Citrus Endoscopy Center.
A Direct Access colonoscopy is a procedure that does not require an office or practice visit prior to the procedure. Healthy people can avoid a consultation with our gastroenterologists and schedule directly with the center. Patients will see a board-certified physician as well as have their colonoscopy on the same day.
New Medicare regulations now mandate that a physical exam must be done within 30 days prior to a procedure.
You will have a telephone interview to discuss medical history. An exam will be completed on the day of the procedure. If you have had an exam performed by your own health care professional within 30 days, you can take advantage of this program. If you need to see a physician or a member of our medical staff, we will schedule an appointment with you
Citrus Endoscopy Center offers Direct Access colonoscopies for patients who meet the Direct Access scheduling Criteria.
Please answer these questions to see if you qualify:
- Over age 75
- Weight >350 or BMI >45
- History of:
- Problems with General Anesthesia
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Coronary artery stent placement
- Active Infections:
- C. Difficile
- Angina with recent chest pain/shortness of breath
- Sleep apnea
- Heart Valve repair or replacement
- Antibiotic prophylaxis for Cardiac Valves, immunosuppressed patients
- Implanted Defibrillator
- Blood Thinners
- Insulin Dependent Diabetic
- Organ Transplants
- Kidney failure-severe insufficiency?
- Liver Disease or Cirrhosis
- Any GI Symptoms
Answered YES to any of these questions?
An office appointment will be necessary prior to any procedures. To schedule, call (352) 563-2450.
Answered NO to all of these questions?
You can take advantage of our Express Scheduling service. To schedule, contact your primary physician, and they can make a direct referral for your colonoscopy. Please ensure you have obtained insurance authorization for the procedure and post-op follow-up.