Open Access Endoscopy
At Summit Gastroenterology, preventative care is one of our highest priority. We believe in working to prevent cancers before they arise allowing you to have peace of mind regarding your health.
Colon cancer screening is very effective in preventing colon cancer, which is the second most common type of cancer causing death in the United States. Your primary care physician will refer you to us when you are at an appropriate age for a screening colonoscopy. For most patients this is 50 years. Your primary care physician will send us your information with your permission. After this, we will call you to set up your screening colonoscopy and give you all the information pertinent to your procedure. During this process, we will give you information regarding preparing for the procedure; we will mail you the instructions for the prep. These can be accessed here also. We will also obtain your medical history and your medication list prior to your colonoscopy over the phone. You do not require an actual consultation with one of our physicians in order to be setup for a screening colonoscopy. This makes it more convenient for you as you avoid multiple office visits. However, you are welcome to make an appointment with one of our physicians prior to your screening colonoscopy if you would like. Please note that it is important to check with your insurance company to make sure that they will approve an office consultation prior to your screening colonoscopy. You will be required to sign a waiver form prior to your colonoscopy which states that you have checked with your insurance to make sure that they will cover your procedure.
If you don’t have a primary care physician and are 50 years old and would like to get more information regarding setting up a screening colonoscopy, you can call us at (330) 753-6643 ext. 2. We will be able to schedule a screening colonoscopy if it is appropriate for you. Our office staff will conduct an interview with you over the phone and will make that appointment for you.
Know Your Test Results
At Summit Gastroenterology, we believe that it is every patients right to have full and unrestricted access to their medical records. We ensure this in a variety of ways. If you are getting an endoscopy performed at the Digestive Wellness center, you will be given a copy of the report for your records. This will include all pictures taken during the endoscopy. If we take biopsies during your endoscopy, we will either send you a letter with the results of the biopsy or you can call our office at (330) 753-6643 ext. 2 to get your biopsy results. You can request a copy of all your office visits by submitting a request for release of medical information.
We work in close conjunction with your referring physician to ensure an appropriate two-way communication is carried about your medical condition. This helps us to employ a team effort for management of your medical condition. All copies of your endoscopy as well as office visits are faxed to your primary care physician's office for your file. All test results are promptly forwarded to your primary care physician for his/her review as well.
If you are faced with a serious medical condition, we ensure that we work as part of a team to approach your medical condition. We share an effective communication with surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, oncologists and other specialists to offer you a team of highly experienced physicians to care for every aspect of your health. We will work with your primary care physician to ensure that you are directed to the appropriate specialist if you require it, so that you do not have any uncertainty or insecurity about your care.