An endoscopy is a diagnostic test that allows your doctor to check for problems like inflammation, bleeding, lesions, and growths in the digestive system. Millions of Americans suffer from acid reflux and GERD, or up to 30% of the population according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Dr. Glenn Madokoro, a gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA, offers endoscopy and other diagnostic and treatment options for digestive issues and disorders.
Endoscopy and Gastroenterology Services in Newport Beach, CA
An endoscopy is an outpatient procedure and is performed with a thin, small tube attached to a light and camera that allows the doctor to examine the esophagus, stomach, and the opening of the small intestine. The images allow the gastroenterologist to look for abnormalities and in some cases to remove tissue samples and growths for biopsy and further testing.
When to See a Gastroenterologist
Diagnostic imaging tests like endoscopy are recommended by a physician if they suspect that you may be suffering from a condition like chronic acid reflux, inflammation, bleeding, or if you have high-risk factors for digestive cancers. While a little heartburn and acid reflux are normal from time to time, ongoing and repetitive digestive discomfort and pain may be a sign of a problem. You may need to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Chronic heartburn
- Acid reflux
- Abdominal pain
- Changes in bowel movements
- Blood in stool
As a rule, pay attention to new or unexplained symptoms that don't resolve on their own after a few days, or go away and come back. Seek immediate medical treatment if you experience symptoms along with fever or signs of infection, or after an injury or trauma.
Find a Gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA
For more information about how endoscopy works and when it is necessary, contact our office by calling (949) 548-8800 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Madokoro today.