A colonoscopy is a life-saving procedure that can reduce your risk of colon cancer. By offering an easier scheduling option called Open Access Colonoscopy, we hope to help expand the number of individuals getting screened for colon cancer in the Lubbock, TX area. Increasing participation rates in screening for this cancer will save lives!

An Open Access Colonoscopy allows healthy, age-appropriate patients to receive a screening colonoscopy without an initial office visit.

This scheduling option simplifies the process of getting a colonoscopy by:

  • Saving you time away from work or home
  • Saving you the expense of an office co-pay

In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about an Open Access Colonoscopy at Lubbock Gastroenterology. Keep reading to see if this screening option may be right for you.

Qualifications for Open Access Colonoscopy

An Open Access Colonoscopy is an option for patients who are at average risk for colon cancer. You may be eligible for an Open Access Colonoscopy if you meet the following qualifications:

  • Age 45 to 74
  • No personal history of heart or breathing conditions
  • No recent history of digestive symptoms

These qualifications may exclude many patients from taking advantage of this service. If you don’t qualify for an Open Access Colonoscopy, you will need to schedule a regular office visit before your procedure. During this visit, we will:

  • Discuss your personal and family medical history
  • Evaluate your digestive symptoms
  • Address your questions or concerns
  • Review colonoscopy prep instructions
  • Discuss the colonoscopy procedure



Screening Colonoscopy Cost

A screening colonoscopy is usually covered by insurance 100%. But you should always check with your insurance provider before your appointment.

Self-paying patients should call our office, and we will go over the colonoscopy fees: facility, doctor, anesthesia, and lab biopsy evaluation (if needed).

Preparing for Open Access Colonoscopy

After scheduling your Open Access Colonoscopy, new patients will be asked to fill out a form, and then our office will send you the instructions for your colonoscopy prep.

Colonoscopy preparation cleans out your bowels to allow for the examination of the colon. If you fail to follow your prep instructions, you will need to reschedule your appointment.

Your colonoscopy preparation involves:

  • Eating a low-fiber diet 3 days before your procedure
  • Following a clear liquid diet the day before your procedure
  • Taking the prescribed laxatives the day before your procedure

Because the goal of an Open Access Colonoscopy is to save time, your first meeting with Dr. Sameer Islam will occur briefly before your procedure. If you have any questions or concerns before the exam, our office is happy to address them. After the colonoscopy, Dr. Islam will go over your results with you.

The Gold Standard for Colon Cancer Screening

Colon cancer almost always develops from colon polyps. Colon polyps are growths that form in the inner lining of the colon. These polyps often grow slowly over 10 to 20 years before becoming cancerous.

A colonoscopy is the only colon cancer screening test that can both find and remove precancerous colon polyps in the same exam, making it the gold standard for colon cancer screening.

Other screening tests can only detect the presence of cancer. But the accuracy of these tests vary