Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center’s (PMC) Center for Digestive Health is pleased to offer a convenient and innovative program, Direct Access Colonoscopy, to help speed the scheduling routine screening colonoscopies for certain patients who are ages 50 and over.
Individuals can call 609.750.3040, option 3 to make an appointment for a colonoscopy and if they meet certain screening criteria, they will be scheduled to have a colonoscopy performed by a board certified gastroenterologist.
To be eligible to schedule through the Direct Access Colonoscopy program, individuals must meet these criteria:
- Must be aged 50 or over
- If you have a family history of colon cancer, are 40 or older and have not been screened
- Cannot have a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Must never have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure
- Must not have experienced chest pains or a heart attack within the past 12 months
- Cannot be on blood-thinning medication other than routine aspirin use or have a history of bleeding disorders (ask our nurse for details)
- Must not have a history of stroke or blood clots
- Must not have active asthma
Individuals who do not meet these criteria, or those who have specific gastrointestinal complaints, should discuss colonoscopy with their primary care physicians or schedule an appointment to see one of our gastroenterologists prior to scheduling a colonoscopy.
Facilities where colonoscopies are provided include:
- Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, Stephen & Roxanne Distler Center for Ambulatory Surgery, 5 Plainsboro Road, Suite 200, Plainsboro, NJ 08536
- Center for Ambulatory Surgery — Monroe, 8 Centre Drive, Monroe, NJ 08831
Once individuals schedule a procedure through the Direct Access Colonoscopy program, a nurse will give them instructions on how to prepare. Prep instructions can vary by individual, but generally patients prepare the day before the procedure by fasting and taking laxatives to clear their digestive system. Patients can consume clear liquids, but will stop liquids prior to their procedure as instructed. Other instructions, such as stopping medications, may also be provided.
The Day of the Procedure
On the day of the procedure, the patient will arrive at the outpatient facility with a designated driver, as the patient will be unable to drive home after being sedated. One of the participating gastroenterologists will perform the colonoscopy, which involves passing an endoscope through the patient's rectum to find and remove suspicious tissue or growths for further testing. The physician will discuss any findings and instructions with regard to any follow-up care needed with the patient once he or she wakes up. Patients return home the same day and are able to return to work and normal activities the following day.
An Exceptional Team
The Direct Access Colonoscopy team consists of board certified gastroenterologists, anesthesiologists and specially trained nurses. The staff who perform colonoscopies are always focused on your health, safety and comfort.
Kristina Katz, MD, specializes in gastroenterology and is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Katz is a graduate of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and completed her residency and fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.Book an Appointment
Monica Saumoy, MD, is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine, specializing in gastroenterology. A graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Saumoy completed her residency and fellowship at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell.
Anish A. Sheth, MD, Co-Medical Director of the Center for Digestive Health and Director of the PMC Esophageal Program, is board certified and fellowship trained in gastroenterology. A graduate of Brown University, Dr. Sheth completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania and fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is a frequent lecturer on GERD and Barrett’s esophagus, has appeared on national news programs and has co-authored three books on digestive health.Book an Appointment
Eric Shen, MD, Co-Medical Director of the Center for Digestive Health, is board certified and fellowship trained in gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he also completed his residency and fellowship. Dr. Shen has more than a decade of experience treating patients for digestive disorders, with clinical expertise in enteral stenting, endoscopic mucosal resection, endoscopic ultrasound and gastrointestinal oncology.Book an Appointment
Kevin S. Skole, MD, is board certified in gastroenterology, specializing in small bowel disease. Dr. Skole is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his residency and fellowship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.Book an Appointment
Deborah K. Sokol, MD, is board certified in gastroenterology. Dr. Sokol is a graduate of NYU School of Medicine and completed her residency at Temple University Hospital and her fellowship at Hahnemann University Hospital, both in Philadelphia.Book an Appointment
For more information or to schedule a colonoscopy through the Direct Access Colonoscopy program at PMC, call 609.750.3040, option 3.