First Visit

Fist-VisitAt Colorectal Center of San Diego, we recognize that colorectal problems are personal and unique for every patient. We aim to emphasize how important your comfort is to us, and that there is no need for embarrassment when you walk through our door. The specialized care we deliver is respectful of your privacy and sensitive to your comfort.Please read through the following guidelines to assist us in making your visit pleasant, efficient, and hassle-free for you.

Before Your Visit

To schedule your appointment, please call us at (760) 295-2924. Our staff will collect the initial patient information from you and respond to any questions you may have regarding your appointment with us.

We suggest you print out our New Patient Forms from the CCSD website, fill them out, and bring them with you to your first office visit. Patient forms may be found here.

Administering a saline enema prior to your appointment will allow better visualization of your anus and rectum. When you make your appointment, our staff will indicate whether you should take an enema or not.If you are instructed to administer an enema prior to your appointment, please purchase a saline enema from your local drugstore. Take the enema 1 hour prior to leaving your home for your appointment.  Please follow the instructions on the box to administer the enema, and pay special attention to the contraindications on the box.

If you must cancel your appointment for any reason, we kindly ask that you provide us with at least 24 hours notice so that we may schedule another patient in who needs our services.


Arriving to Your Appointment

Upon your arrival at the Colorectal Center of San Diego, our office team will greet you and facilitate any required paperwork.

Along with your completed and signed paperwork, at this time our front office staff will ask for your insurance card and a government issued photo ID.

Please note that any patients arriving late may have to wait or be rescheduled. Our office attempts to run on time and we do not want to inconvenience our other patients.

If you have pertinent records from another physician’s office, please bring those with you. We request you also have them faxed to our office at (760) 542-6382, so the physician can review them prior to your appointment and determine if there is any information missing. Ask your referring physician to make note that you have an upcoming appointment.

We request you bring with you any records and reports of previous colonoscopies you may have had. If you have undergone abdominal or pelvic surgery, please bring the operative report and pathology report.

Bringing along a family member or friend to your appointment is recommended. These supporters can help with your comfort level, paperwork, and retention of information that may be exchanged between you and the doctor. They may even come up with questions you did not think of.


Meeting with Dr. Gandhi

After being registered at the reception desk, our staff will make sure we have your complete medical history and take your vital signs.You will then meet with Dr. Gandhi, and you and he will discuss your symptoms and concerns,a nd review your history. Bring a list of medications along with dosage and frequency at which they are taken. It is important to tell Dr. Gandhi if you are taking any blood thinners, aspirin, warafin (Coumadin), clopidrogel (Plavix) or any drug that causes you to bleed. Based on this discussion with the doctor, in addition to an examination, additional office diagnostic procedures may be performed, including anoscopy and/or proctoscopy.
Prior to examination, you will be provided a plastic/paper sheet to cover yourself with and you will be instructed to unclothe from the waist down. For your comfort and modesty, you will remain covered up throughout the exam, with the exception of a small opening to examine the anus and rectum.

To examine the anus and rectum, Dr. Gandhi may use an anoscope (small tube) or sigmoidoscope (lighted scope) to check for other conditions that may be causing your symptoms. Anoscopy provides a quick, painless visualization of the anal canal and bottom portion of the rectum. This exam is vital in the evaluation of anal and rectal complaints. Proctosigmoidoscopy provides rapid and painless visualization of the rectum should a reason for the symptoms not be found on anoscopy. The entire examination process is typically painless and provides information to assist in diagnosing your problem.

After a diagnosis and treatment regimen is identified, you and Dr. Gandhi will proceed to the consultation room, so that you and your family understand more about your condition, how to manage symptoms and what additional treatment options are available. At this time Dr. Gandhi will also answer any questions you or your family may have about your condition
or treatment plan.

Co-payments are due at the time services are rendered. Forms of payment accepted by our office are cash, check, VISA and MasterCard.


After Your Visit

Remember to follow the instructions given to you and see your physician as scheduled. Please note that any instructions on this screen do not replace a discussion with the physician or medical assistant. You will receive instructions based on your needs. Feel free to ask questions or call if you are unclear about your diagnosis or treatment plan.