Office Visit

Preparation for your first visit

Fleet Enema

If you have received the paperwork in the mail, fill out the new Patient Medical Questionnaire concerning your general health and specific problems and bring it in with you. Do not forget to list your current medications, both prescription and non-prescription, along with the dosage. Additionally you have the option of downloading the requisite forms from our website and filling it out. These forms are in the Portable Document Format (PDF), and can be filled on the computer or handheld device and printed out. We urge you to consider this option. In case you have been unable to do download the forms or and have not received the paperwork in the mail, arrive at least thirty minutes prior to your appointment in order to fill out the paperwork.

Your surgeon will go through the questionnaire with you and examine you. A physical examination often includes a rectal examination. In addition, a flexible sigmoidoscopy (a gentle examination of the lower colon, rectum, and anal canal using a fiberoptic proctosigmoidoscope) may also be performed.

You may be asked to take two saline based Fleet® enemas prior to your appointment. Give yourself the first enema two hours prior to your appointment in preparation for your rectal examination. Repeat this process with the second enema one hour prior to your appointment time. You may eat your regular meals (there are no diet restrictions). If you are on dialysis and unable to take phosphate based enemas, consider using the Fleet® Naturals Cleansing enema which contains no sodium phosphate. If you are in doubt about whether or not you need to take an enema, call our office to clarify the situation.

In order for us to make your visit as productive as possible, please bring with you all your current medical insurance cards, a referral from your primary care physician, your picture I.D., and co-payment. Your insurance requires us to collect your co-payment at the time of your visit, failing which your appointment will be rescheduled. It is imperative that you bring your referral form and insurance card to the office on the day of your appointment or we will have to reschedule your appointment. A checklist of instructions before your office vist can be downloaded by clicking here.

In order to make this as convenient as possible, we accept Visa®, MasterCard®, personal checks and cash (please bring in the exact amount as we do not keep change in the office). There is a $45 fee on all returned checks.

Once again, we welcome you to our practice and look forward to your visit.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office where you have the appointment.

Subsequent visits

Please arrive at least 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time for your follow-up appointments. For subsequent office visits you generally do not have to take an enema unless you have an office based procedure like rubber band ligation, proctoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy scheduled. Your physician will tell you about the need for an enema at your current appointment.

If tests have been ordered make sure that they have been done prior to your appointment. Your doctor will go over the results at your office visit. It generally takes at least 24 hours after the test for the results to be available. The results from some special tests can take a lot longer.

If you were advised to see another doctor for additional evaluation and care, ensure that you have done so. If time is short and you are having a problem scheduling an appointment with the other physician, call our office and we will try and facilitate the appointment. Some of our patients will get referred to an oncologist for further care. If you have not been contacted by the oncologist's office to schedule an appointment, within a week after you were seen at our office, be sure to call and let us know.

If your address or insurance information has changed since your last appointment be sure to fill out a new Patient Information form. If you have been seen by our physicians in the past or three years have elapsed since your last appointment with us, you will have to fill out a new set of paperwork.