About Your First Visit
Visiting the doctor can be an intimidating experience, particularly when your medical issue involves the colon and/or the rectum. Our staff is sensitive to your concerns and will strive to make all of your visits to our office as pleasant as possible.
For your convenience you can download all of the necessary registration forms directly from this website. The registration forms include questions about your medical history, insurance and payment information and consents for examinations. Please fill out these forms completely at home prior to your scheduled visit. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time with your registration forms in hand. If you are unable to complete the registration forms prior to your scheduled appointment time, please arrive 30 minutes early; our doctors do their best to see you at your scheduled time. Your past medical history is very important to your physician, please arrange to forward or bring any and all pertinent medical reports to your scheduled appointment.
If your medical issue involves your intestines, particularly the colon or rectum, you may be asked to take two cleansing enemas before coming to the office. Fleets Enemas can be purchased without a prescription at any drug store. Administer 1 enema 2 hours prior to your travel time to the office and a second enema 1 hour prior to your travel time to the office.
We understand your time is equally as important as ours; hence we make a concerted effort to see you at your appointed time. On rare occasions, surgical emergencies arise that demand patience on the part of both the patient and the physician. If you are going to be late or need to cancel your appointment please let us know so that we can allocate our time accordingly.
Your consultation will begin with a face-to-face discussion with your physician in the examination room. This will give you the opportunity to discuss your medical issue in detail and ask any questions about your examination. An assistant will be at hand in the room to help with your examination.
If you have an examination of the lower intestine you will be positioned either on your left side or in the “knee-chest” position on an adjustable exam table. A digital examination assesses the tone in the anal sphincter muscle. A flexible sigmoidoscope is then used to visualize 40-60 cm. (12-25 inches) of the colon. Finally, a smaller instrument (anoscope) is used to visualize the lower rectum. Air is sometimes used to gently distend the intestine and permit complete visualization. Hence, it is not uncommon to feel a “full” or crampy sensation during the examination that will subside quickly when the scope is removed.
Your consultation is completed in the examination room where the findings are discussed, the plans for treatment are explained and your questions are answered.
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Download Patient Intake Forms:
Clicking on one of the buttons below will open a PDF file in a new tab. The forms in this file are fillable but please download them to your computer before filling them out so your entries are saved to the forms. Once you have completed the patient intake forms, please print, sign, and bring them to your office visit. Thank you.
- Blue Cross of California
- Blue Shield of California
- Scripps Ximed Medical Group
- Scripps EPO
- United Health
- Scripps Clinic
- BS HMO
- Cigna HMO
- Healthnet HMO
- Cigna POS
- Healthnet POS
- Scripps Physicians Medical Group
- Mercy Physicians Medical Group
We also see non-contracted PPO patients who have out-of-network benefits. Patient is responsible for verifying insurance eligibility.
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Established in 1924 by Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla has been one of Southern California’s premier medical centers for more than 80 years. Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla offers a wide range of clinical, surgical and specialty services. It is consistently recognized for quality patient care and is the first in San Diego to be designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nursing Association for excellence in patient care.
San Diego Colon and Rectal Surgeons
9834 Genesee Avenue
La Jolla, California 92037