Many different conditions can affect the stomach, esophagus, intestines, or colon. Gastroenterologists diagnose and treat these conditions. There are several reasons to see a gastroenterologist, particularly if you experience pain, discomfort, or other symptoms associated with the aforementioned areas of the body. Dr. Glenn Madokoro is your Newport Beach, CA, gastroenterologist for the diagnosis and treatment of constipation, heartburn, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, colorectal cancer, and other digestive issues.
Gastrointestinal and Digestive Disorders
Gastroenterologists treat several different gastrointestinal and digestive disorders and diseases. See your Newport Beach gastroenterologist if you are experiencing chronic problems of the digestive system. The gastroenterologist can diagnose the problem and prescribe an appropriate course of treatment. Conditions diagnosed and treated by gastroenterologists include:
- Abdominal pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Colorectal cancer
- Ulcerative colitis
- Liver disease
Conditions such as heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain can sometimes be treated at home. However, symptoms that are severe or become chronic are reasons to see your gastroenterologist for treatment. Additionally, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain can sometimes be symptoms of more serious conditions, in which case it is important that you see a gastroenterologist as soon as possible.
Adults in good health should begin having regular colonoscopies beginning at age 50. Colonoscopies are performed by gastroenterologists and are important for the early detection of colorectal cancer and other conditions. Regular colonoscopies should begin earlier for adults with a family history of colorectal cancer or who have been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis. Based on your individual health and family history, your Newport Beach gastroenterologist can advise you as to when you should have a colonoscopy.
If you are experiencing problems of the digestive system, you might have a gastrointestinal or digestive disorder. A gastroenterologist can perform the appropriate procedures to diagnose your specific gastrointestinal problem and prescribe the right treatment for your condition. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Madokoro, your Newport Beach, CA, gastroenterologist, call the office at (949) 548-8800.