A colonoscopy might not be your idea of fun, but it's truly a lifesaver. Performed by your Newport Beach, CA, gastroenterologist, Dr. Glenn Madokoro, this easy diagnostic test yields valuable information about your lower GI health--including the presence of colon cancer. Here's what you should know.
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a minimally invasive GI test that visualizes the rectum and colon (large intestine). Performed with the benefit of sedation by Dr. Glenn Madokoro, a colonoscopy introduces a thin tube into the anus and rectum and advances a light and camera through the entire length of the large intestine.
Using this scope, the physician can see abnormalities in the colon wall, including benign polyps, adenomas (pre-cancerous lesions), and sources of:
- Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Additionally, Dr. Madokoro can remove tissue for biopsy. In fact, he is renowned for his accuracy in detecting and removing adenomas.
Who should get a colonoscopy?
Everyone age 45 and up should get a screening colonoscopy, states the American Cancer Society (ACS). This exam detects colon-rectal cancer at its earliest stages when it is most easily and successfully treated.
The ACS states that one out of three Americans of eligible age has never undergone a colonoscopy, but survival rates could improve if more people complied with the recommendations of their primary care physicians. Most individuals require screening only once every 10 years.
What is the procedure like?
The day before your colonoscopy in Newport, you'll follow a colon-cleansing regimen as outlined by Dr. Madokoro. Most patients report that this is the hardest part of the exam because of the fasting and laxatives required.
Then, on the day of your procedure, you are given a sedative and are positioned on your left side. The doctor introduces the scope and takes real-time video and still images of your colon. The test takes about 45 minutes. Afterward, Dr. Madokoro reviews the results with you, and a responsible adult drives you home.
It's your life
Why not take care of it? At his Newport Beach, CA, practice, Dr. Glenn Madokoro helps scores of patients monitor their gastrointestinal health through colonoscopy and other states of the art diagnostics. If it's time for your screening colonoscopy, contact us for an appointment: (949) 548-8800.