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  OPEN ACCESS PROGRAM    

In an effort to make colonoscopy for those who need screening or repeat surveillance as easy as possible, Hillmont G.I. developed what we call an Open Access Policy whereby patients can answer questions about their current state of health on the telephone and be scheduled for their colonoscopy without the need for a prior office visit. We utilize a uniquely developed health questionnaire that is always reviewed by a G.I. caregiver to be sure that the procedure will be completely safe. This saves our patients additional lost time from work or their other activities and yet allows them to have their appropriate screening procedure safely. This policy, along with our free shuttle service, the lowest-volume preparations and the lack of co-pays for screening procedures, helps to remove as many barriers as possible for those of us who need screening colonoscopy to maintain their health.

COLONOSCOPY FOR COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING & TREATMENT

Colon cancer forms in the lining of the colon. Rectal cancer forms in the lining of the rectum, the last several inches of the large intestine terminating in the anus. Either of these cancers is called colorectal cancer. In the United States, colon cancer is the second-deadliest form of cancer. Each year about 150,000 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer, and 50,000 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

Colonoscopy is a visual examination of the entire large intestine, also known as the colon. This exam also explores possible causes of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. Colonoscopy is also the most effective method of screening for colon cancer. Our gastroenterology doctors can sample tissue and/or remove polyps in the colon during colonoscopy, as well.

WHO NEEDS COLONOSCOPY? HOW OFTEN?

We advise men and women at average risk for colon cancer to schedule regular colonoscopies starting at age 50 (age 45 for African-Americans) and follow-up colonoscopies at 10-year intervals thereafter to screen for colon cancer. We might also advise patients with a family history of colon cancer, inflammatory diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or other risk factors for colon cancer or polyps to be screened earlier or with increased frequency.

Polyps are small growths in the lining of the colon. They are common and there are different types. While the overwhelming majority of polyps are benign, your gastroenterologist will have them tested for cancer because almost all colon cancer begins as a polyp although not all polyps turn to cancer. Symptoms are rare with polyps but may include blood on the toilet paper or in the underwear, blood in the stool or change in bowel habits.

The most effective treatment is to remove polyps during colonoscopy. Once we remove colon polyps, we eliminate the chance of polyps turning into cancer. Thus, colon cancer is highly treatable when discovered early.

Discover state-of-the-art procedures to screen and treat colorectal cancer and other related gastrointestinal issues at Hillmont GI. We serve the areas of Bucks County (Sellersville), Philadelphia, Montgomery County (Abington, Lansdale, Norristown, Plymouth Meeting, Springfield Township) and adjacent communities.

Learn more about today’s most effective colon cancer screening at Hillmont GI. To schedule your appointment, call us at 215-402-0800. For your convenience, you can use our online form.

Patient Reviews

  • Dr. Robert Bailey

    Received good diagnosis, advice and guidance on possible treatment options. Overall excellent experience. - Rajesh Kumaran

  • Dr. Gerald Bertiger

    I was welcomed when i came in. The nurse who took my weight and blood pressure was kind and funny, and the Dr explained his plan step by step. Outside of the wait well past my appointment time, everything was very good. - Susan McDonnell

  • Dr. Robert Boynton

    Very efficient staff, friendly and professional. Dr. Boynton very comforting and professional. Nice visit. - Dawn Craven

  • Tanya Carter, MSN, CRNP

    Scheduling was easy, i was taken immediately and the staff were professional. - Denise Nuccio

  • Dr. Steven Nack

    I have been a long time patient of Dr. Nack. He has been nothing but professional and caring in his treatment and time with me. His insight and knowledge over all these years has been fantastic! - david schultz

  • Dr. Benjamin Raile

    I was able to get an appt quickly and i had no wait time. The nursing staff was excellent and very friendly. The physician was prepared with documentation and made recommendations for treatment and follow up. - Melissa Iatarola

  • Dr. Leonardo Salese

    I was welcomed right away and called back after only a couple minutes in the waiting room. The doctor was prompt and friendly. Scheduling a follow-up test was quick and easy. Thank you.- Courtney Panachyda

  • Victoria Scheibel, MHS, PA-C

    I felt it was very through and that my concerns were addressed. - Lori Trivelli

  • DR. JAMES TATERKA

    Dr Taterka and his staff are awesome! - Vicky Mccoach

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Contact Us

Hillmont G.I.: Flourtown Office
1811 Bethlehem Pike Bldg C-300
Flourtown Commons
,
Flourtown PA 19031
Phone: (215) 402-0800
Fax: (215) 836-2429
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Hillmont G.I.: Lansdale Office
125 Medical Campus Drive
Medical Arts Building, Suite 104
,
Lansdale PA 19446
Phone: (215) 402-0800
Fax: (215) 997-8891
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Springfield Ambulatory Surgery Center
1528 Bethlehem Pike,
Flourtown PA 19031
Phone: (215) 402-0600
Fax: (215) 402 - 0604
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