Published on March 16, 2017

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Direct Access Endoscopy is convenient

Your primary care doctor wants you to have a colonoscopy.

endoscopy registrationNot because you’re having any problems, but because you recently turned 50 years old.

And that’s when most people should have their first colonoscopy to screen for signs of colorectal cancer.

Which of these next steps do you prefer?

A. You make an appointment with a gastroenterologist (also known as a GI doctor). The GI doctor agrees you should have the test. You then make yet another appointment for the colonoscopy itself.

B. You just make an appointment for the colonoscopy.

If you prefer option B, you’re in luck. You can call the Direct Access line of Mercy GI at Mercy Fitzgerald. You’ll be asked a few questions, and if all goes well, you can make an appointment for the test.


Direct Access Endoscopy can save you time and money. In addition to a colonoscopy, you can use Direct Access to make appointments for:

  • Upper endoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Wireless capsule endoscopy

Steven Lichtenstein, DO, Medical Director of Digestive Health Services, calls Direct Access “a fast track for patients.” If you don’t need to see the GI doctor, “why not just cut to the chase?” he says.

If you prefer to meet with the GI doctor before your procedure, that’s OK. And if you have any health issues, you may be told you need to see a GI doctor.