Posts for category: Gastroenterologist

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
July 17, 2018
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Polyps  

Polyps are non-cancerous (benign) growths usually found in the lining of the colon. Although they are typically harmless and do not alwayspolyps cause symptoms, colon polyps can sometimes become cancerous, especially if you have a family history or other risk factors for colon cancer. Dr. Glenn Madokoro, a gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA, offers colonoscopy screenings for polyp and colon cancer detection.

Polyp Detection and Treatment in Newport Beach, CA

A polyp is a cluster of excess cells that form in the colon or rectum. Anyone can develop polyps and they tend to become more common with age, but some people are at greater risk, and they can develop in younger people as well. In some cases, polyps may cause noticeable symptoms, including:

  • Pain or abdominal cramps if the polyp is large enough to cause a blockage or obstruction in the bowel
  • Bleeding from the rectum (there are several factors that can cause bleeding, ranging from hemorrhoids to colon cancer. If you experience persistent and ongoing bleeding with bowel movements, schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist as soon as possible)
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation/unexplained changes in bowel movements lasting longer than a week

Polyp Causes and Risk Factors

You may be more likely to develop colon polyps under the following circumstances:

  • Are over age 50
  • Have a family history of polyps or colon cancer
  • A sedentary lifestyle low or absence of physical activity and regular exercise
  • Obesity/being overweight
  • Diets high in red and processed meats
  • If you have diabetes, Crohn's disease, or ulcerative colitis
  • Tobacco use

The American Cancer Society recommends that healthy adults begin routine colon cancer screenings by age 50, but individuals with known risk factors may need to begin screenings earlier. Polyps are usually diagnosed through a colonoscopy or a procedure known as a flexible sigmoidoscopy, or through a stool test. If polyps are detected, they are often removed by a polypectomy (tissue is removed with forceps) or minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Lifestyle modifications like diet and exercise are also recommended to help maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk of polyps and other health problems.

Find a Gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA

To learn more about polyp detection and treatment, contact our office by calling (949) 548-8800 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Madokoro today.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
April 23, 2018
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Gastroenterologist  

Many different conditions can affect the stomach, esophagus, intestines, or colon. Gastroenterologists diagnose and treat these conditions. gastroenterologistThere 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:

  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Liver disease
  • Pancreatitis

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.

Colonoscopies

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.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
April 06, 2018
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Along with aging comes the responsibility to take your health by the horns, seeking out preventative care and ensuring that your body colonoscopykeeps up with your mind. A common and important procedure for people over 50 is a colonoscopy. But what does a colonoscopy search for and when does it become necessary? Find out more about the why and when doctors recommend colonoscopy with Dr. Glenn Madokoro at Newport Beach Gastroenterology in Newport Beach, CA.

What is a colonoscopy? 
A colonoscopy is a preventative procedure which scans the colon for a variety of medical reasons. The procedure itself uses a long, thin tube, called a colonoscope, inserted through the rectum into the colon. The colonoscope has a camera on the end and is just wide enough to thread specialized, miniature tools through to take biopsies or other tasks.

Why did my doctor recommend a colonoscopy? 
According to the American Cancer Society, people over the age of 50 with an average risk of developing colon cancer should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. In addition to these regular screenings for colorectal cancer, your doctor may also suggest a colonoscopy to investigate symptoms of distress like abdominal pain, blood in the stool, diarrhea, abnormalities on imagining tests like x-rays, or a sudden change in your bowel habits.

What can I expect during a colonoscopy treatment? 
Prior to your treatment, your doctor will ask you to fast, drink plenty of clear liquids, and take laxatives to clean out the bowels before your procedure. Your doctor will use sedatives to make you fall asleep during your procedure. Due to the sedatives, you will also need someone there with you to drive you home. Your doctor inserts the colonoscope and uses its light and camera to examine the lining of your colon, searching for abnormalities like polyps. If your doctor finds a polyp, they may take a biopsy with specialized tools.

Colonoscopy in Newport Beach, CA
Colonoscopy is a powerful and effective preventative procedure. Colorectal cancer grows slowly over a long period of time, making it highly treatable if caught in its earliest stages. This makes regular colonoscopies highly beneficial to your long-term health. For more information on colonoscopy, please contact your Newport Beach, CA gastroenterologist, Dr. Glenn Madokoro, at Newport Beach Gastroenterology. Call (949) 548-8800 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Madokoro today!

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
January 03, 2018
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Endoscopy  

Endoscopies offer a minimally invasive way to diagnose conditions and diseases that can affect the upper part of your gastrointestinal endoscopytract. Newport Beach, CA, gastroenterologist Dr. Glenn Madokoro shares a few reasons that you may need an endoscopy and explains the process.

What is an endoscopy?

Endoscopies are used to view the lining of your upper gastrointestinal tract via a small camera attached to a lighted scope. The camera transmits images to a digital monitor, allowing your gastroenterologist to detect and possibly treat the source of your gastrointestinal issues.

How are endoscopies performed?

Prior to your procedure, you'll receive anesthesia or a sedative. As a result, you probably won't remember anything about the endoscopy. The procedure begins with the insertion of the endoscope into your mouth. The scope is gradually passed through your throat, esophagus, stomach and the upper part of your small intestine. As the camera passes through the tract, your gastroenterologist looks for bleeding, inflammation, lesions or other issues that could cause your symptoms. During the endoscopy, he may take biopsies of the lining of your gastrointestinal tract, cauterize bleeding, remove growths, open strictures or perform other treatments. The entire procedure is usually completed in around 30 minutes.

Why would I need an endoscopy?

Endoscopies are a valuable diagnostic tool that can help your gastroenterologist diagnose a variety of conditions, including gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), blockages, narrowing of the esophagus, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), ulcers, celiac disease, esophagitis, gastritis and other diseases and conditions.

You may need an endoscopy periodically if you've already been diagnosed with a gastrointestinal disease or condition or if you mention any of these symptoms during your visit to our Newport Beach office:

  • Pain
  • Frequent heartburn
  • Bleeding
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing

What is the preparation and recovery process like?

You'll probably be asked not to eat or drink for eight hours before your procedure. After the endoscopy, you will be observed for an hour or two to ensure that you've fully recovered from the sedative or anesthetic. Because the sedative or anesthetic may affect your judgment for the rest of the day, you'll need to ask a friend or family member to drive you home. Your throat may feel a little sore for a day, but the pain should be mild and will soon disappear. Your results will be discussed with you immediately after your procedure, although you'll have to wait to receive the results of biopsies.

Do you suffer from pain, heartburn or other gastrointestinal problems? Call Newport Beach, CA, gastroenterologist Dr. Glenn Madokoro at (949) 548-8800 to schedule an appointment.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
November 08, 2017
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Polyps  

Are you suffering from polyps?polyps

Dr. Glenn Madokoro, your Newport Beach, CA, gastroenterologist, is an expert when it comes to detecting polyps so if you're in need of a colonoscopy, here are some things you may want to know beforehand.

What are polyps?

Polyps are a noncancerous growth that can be found in the lining of the bowel. They occur in your gastrointestinal tract but are found most commonly in the colon. Polyps vary in size and look like bumps or mushrooms protruding from the bowel.

Screening methods are important and necessary to detect polyps. Your Newport Beach gastroenterologist may recommend a colonoscopy to detect these polyps so that he can remove them.

What causes them?

Polyps are common among adults who are estimated to be an average of 60 years old. The cause of polyps is unknown, but experts think it may be due to a high-fat and low-fiber diet, or genetics.

What types of polyps are there?

There are two common types of polyps:

  • The hyperplastic polyp, which isn't a cancer risk.
  • The adenoma is thought to be the origin of many colon cancers.

How often do I need a colonoscopy?

Cleaning the surface of your colon is important. Your next colonoscopy will be set by your doctor, but the timing he sets will depend on the following factors:

  • The number of polyps and the size of the polyps. If they are small, then your doctor will schedule repeating a colonoscopy in three to five years. If, however, they are large and flat, then your doctor may recommend you repeat the colonoscopy in a few months.
  • The type and quality of the polyps' tissue

For more information on polyps, colonoscopies and how to remove polyps, you need to contact your Newport Beach, CA, doctor, Dr. Glenn Madokoro, at (949) 548-8800 today!

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
June 15, 2017
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Endoscopy  

For individuals experiencing abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, nausea or vomiting, our gastroenterologist, Dr. Glenn Madokoro in endoscopyNewport Beach, CA, can perform a variety of endoscopy procedures to diagnose your symptoms. An endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure that examines the digestive tract.

Endoscopy Procedure Types

Individuals may need an endoscopy in Newport Beach for a variety of reasons including:

  • Digestive tract bleeding
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Growths or polyps inside the colon
  • Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unexplained stomach pain

Dr. Madokoro will explain to you exactly what will be done during your particular procedure. He will work with you directly to determine the best procedure and will inform you about the steps needed in order to successfully complete the test. Some endoscopy procedures he offers includes:

  1. Colonoscopy: This procedure tests for colorectal cancer. It uses a colonoscope that is inserted into the rectum. A gastroenterologist can examine the lining of the large intestine (colon) for any abnormalities.
  2. Upper Endoscopy: This procedure allows a doctor to examine the lining of the esophagus, duodenum, and the stomach. It is often used because it is more effective than x-rays to detect any inflammation, tumors or ulcers in the area.
  3. Capsule Endoscopy: This procedure helps the doctor to evaluate the small intestine, a part of the bowel that isn’t reached with a traditional colonoscopy or upper endoscopy. The most common reason is to search for a cause of bleeding. It can also be used to detect polyps, Crohn’s disease, tumors or even ulcers in the small intestine. It allows Dr. Madokoro to examine the lining of the middle part of the GI tract. The process takes about eight hours.

To schedule an appointment in Newport Beach, CA, to discuss what an endoscopy can do for your health, call (949) 548-8800 today.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
February 10, 2017
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: gastro services  

Stomach issues can prove to quickly affect your quality of life and cause more trouble than one would think. However, your gastroenerologistgastroenterologist can help you find answers to your stomach troubles and learn to manage your condition to get back to a normal life. Learn about what services your gastroenterologist, Dr. Glenn Madokoro, at Newport Beach, CA, provides and what he can do for you.

What is a gastroenterologist? 
Gastroenterology is a branch of internal medicine focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and biliary system. Gastroenterologists have extensive training and education in this field, such as having knowledge of how food moves through the gastrointestinal tract. Gastroenterologists undergo at least 13 years of education, training, residency, and fellowship before becoming Board Eligible and, ultimately, Board Certified.

What can my gastroenterologist do for me? 
Gastroenterologists specialize in diagnosing and treating symptoms of gastrointestinal conditions, including:

  • gallbladder disease
  • cancer
  • constipation/diarrhea
  • hemorrhoids
  • upset stomach/nausea/vomiting
  • unexplained weight loss
  • colon disease
  • ulcers
  • liver disease

Gastroenterology in Newport Beach, CA
Your doctor may use several techniques or tests to investigate your symptoms, including:

  • Colonoscopy: This important procedure uses a long, thin hose to investigate the lower digestive system and search for the presence of cancerous or pre-cancerous symptoms. Routine colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancers is recommended for patients 50 years and older.
  • Polyp Detection: Polyps are pre-cancerous growths which occur in the digestive tract. Finding and removing polyps early can help keep you and your digestive tract healthy.
  • Endoscopy: While a colonoscopy investigates the lower digestive tract, an endoscopy investigates the upper half. A long thin tube inserted orally allows your doctor to see the esophagus, stomach and a portion of the small intestine.
  • Esophageal Dilation: This procedure stretches narrowed parts of the esophagus to help make swallowing easier for patients who experience scarring due to conditions like acid reflux.

For more information on gastroenterology and how it can help you, please contact Dr. Madokoro at Newport Beach Gastroenterology in Newport Beach, CA. Call (949) 548-8800 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Madokoro today!

Tummy troubles? Digestive diseases significantly affect millions of individuals worldwide. There’s no need to suffer in silence. If you digestive diseasesuspect you could have one of the following digestive diseases, don't delay in speaking with your doctor. Dr. Glenn Madokoro, one of Newport Beach, CA's finest gastroenterologists. Dr. Madokoro can assist with diagnosing and treating your digestive condition. Here are five digestive diseases you should be aware of: 

1. Crohn’s Disease

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory disease of the digestive tract. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain and weight loss. Treatments for this condition consist of lifestyle changes as well as prescription anti-inflammatory medication and over-the-counter antidiarrheic.

2. GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when stomach acid flows back into your food pipe (esophagus). Most individuals can manage the discomfort of GERD with over-the-counter medications and lifestyle changes. But some patients may need stronger medicines or surgery to reduce symptoms.

3. Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes ulcers and inflammation in your digestive tract. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea and bleeding from the rectum. Treatments for this condition consist of over-the-counter medicines for diarrhea and prescription medicines that reduce the body's immune response. If you have severe symptoms and medicines don't help, you may need surgery to remove your colon.

4. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a gastrointestinal disorder. This condition commonly causes diarrhea, gas, cramping, bloating, abdominal pain and constipation. Treatments for this condition consist of lifestyle changes and medications. Treatment focuses on the relief of symptoms so that you can live as normally as possible.

5. Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disease affecting the small intestine. This condition results in damage to the villi of the small intestine when gluten-containing foods are eaten. The intestinal damage often causes bloating, diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue and anemia. A gluten-free diet is the only way to manage celiac disease. If your nutritional deficiencies are severe, your physician at Newport Beach may also recommend taking vitamin and mineral supplements.

Trials and tribulations of the gut are never comfortable — both to go through and to talk about. Your stomach troubles may be a sign of something serious. Call Dr. Madokoro in Newport Beach, CA at (949) 548-8800 right now to schedule your appointment. Don't take risks with your health.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
October 21, 2016
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Endoscopy  

Having GI distress? Then find out if an endoscopy could give you the answers to your stomach issues.

There are many symptoms that may warrant a trip to see our Newport Beach, CA gastroenterologist, Dr. Glenn Madokoro. An endoscopy endoscopyis a handy diagnostic tool for being able to detect the cause of symptoms such as abdominal pain, heartburn, nausea, gastrointestinal bleeding or difficulty swallowing. Find out more about an endoscopy and how it might be able to give you the answers you’ve been looking for.

An upper endoscopy is an outpatient procedure in which our Newport Beach GI doctor will place a thin flexible scope into the upper digestive tract, which involves the esophagus, stomach and the duodenum (the upper portion of the small intestines). As we already mentioned, an endoscopy is recommended if there are certain digestive symptoms like bleeding or abdominal pain. An endoscopy can also be used to detect inflammation, polyp, ulcers and tumors.

Why an upper endoscopy over an x-ray? Because it’s a lot more accurate at being able to pinpoint any abnormal or even cancerous growths. Plus, if we do happen to find a suspicious growth or polyp we can easily take a sample of it to analyze. You wouldn’t be able to do that during an x-ray. Plus, we can also treat bleeding caused by ulcers and remove stuck objects found within the stomach or esophagus.

What You Should Know Before Your Endoscopy

Before your procedure you will want to sit down with us and tell us everything about your medical history including past surgeries, any heart conditions you may have, allergies to medications or if you are pregnant. It’s important that you give us as many details about your health and medical history as possible so that there are no complications. After all, your health is our top priority.

We will give you information on what you should and shouldn’t do prior to your procedure. For one, you won’t want to eat or drink anything for about eight hours before your endoscopy. If you are taking any medications for a heart condition or high blood pressure we will also give you full instructions on how to take those medications prior to your procedure.

Our Newport Beach, CA gastroenterology center is here to address all of your concerns. From chronic heartburn to diarrhea, we treat it all so that you can get back to what really matters: your life!

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
August 15, 2016
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Crohn's Disease  

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes pain, severe diarrhea, and other serious symptoms. Glenn D. Madokoro, M.D., your Newport Beach, CA gastroenterologist, shares some signs that may indicate that you have Crohn's disease.Chrohn's Disease

Signs of Crohn's disease

Signs of Crohn's disease can vary in severity, but often include:

  • Pain and Cramps: Since Crohn's disease causes ulcers and inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, it's not surprising that abdominal pain and cramps are common signs of the disease. It's much harder for food to move through the digestive tract when the lining is inflamed or contains ulcers. Mild to severe pain can occur during the digestion process due to these factors.
  • Diarrhea: Diarrhea often occurs with abdominal pain and cramps.
  • Bloody Stools: If you glance at the toilet bowl after a bowel movement, you may notice that your stools are bloody. Both red and dark blood may be a sign that you have Crohn's disease.
  • Appetite Issues: You may not feel like eating if you have Crohn's disease, which can lead to weight loss. Weight loss may also occur because inflammation may make it harder for your body to absorb nutrients from food.
  • Mouth Ulcers: Frequent mouth sores can be a sign of the disease.
  • Fever: Inflammations and infections in the digestive tract may trigger fevers.
  • Fatigue: You may feel more tired than usual and feel that you don't just have enough energy if you have Crohn's disease.
  • Perianal Problems: Inflammation can cause fistulas to occur around your anus. Fistulas are tunnels that develop under your skin.

How can a gastroenterologist help me?

Your Newport Beach ,CA gastroenterologist can prescribe medications that help reduce inflammation and suppress the substances produced by your immune system that cause the inflammation. Your doctor may also recommend other medications and therapies to relieve your symptoms, including pain medication, vitamin B12 shots, nutritional supplements and nutrition therapy. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to remove damaged areas of your digestive tract.

Contact Your Newport Beach, CA Gastroenterologist

Prompt treatment can help you avoid serious complications due to Crohn's disease. If you suspect that you have the disease, call Glenn D. Madokoro, M.D., your Newport Beach, CA, gastroenterologist, at (949) 548-8800 to schedule an appointment.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
February 18, 2016
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Endoscopy  

If you live in the Newport Beach, CA area, and you have been told you need an endoscopy, chances are you have questions and Endoscopyconcerns. A qualified gastroenterologist, like Dr. Glenn D Madokoro, can help you answer those questions.

The following are some common questions and answers regarding endoscopy

What is an endoscopy?

An endoscopy is a minimally invasive medical procedure in which a long, flexible tube with a tiny camera is used to examine difficult to reach areas of the body. In an upper endoscopy, the tube is inserted down the patient’s throat to examine the esophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine.

What is the purpose of an endoscopy?

The purpose of an endoscopy is to examine, diagnose, and sometimes treat conditions of difficult to examine areas such as the upper and lower GI tract.

Why do I need an endoscopy?

Chances are your Newport Beach doctor wants to further examine your upper GI tract to either ensure nothing is wrong or to diagnose a condition and treat it.

Is the procedure safe?

Yes. Very few complications are associated with the procedure. Usually, it is done on an outpatient basis. However, if you experience any such symptoms as fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, bloody or dark stool, difficulty swallowing, persistent abdominal painor vomiting, call your doctor immediately and/or go to the emergency room.

How long will it take?

Typically, an endoscopy will take 15-30 minutes. Your doctor may ask that you stop taking certain medications prior to your procedure. You will also need to fast for a period of time, generally 4-8 hours, before the procedure.

What happens next?

As most endoscopies are done on an inpatient basis, you will probably be in and out of the doctor’s office within a couple of hours. However, since you will likely receive local anesthesia and/or mild sedative it’s a good idea to have someone else drive you to and from the doctor’s office, clinic or hospital. You could experience mild discomfort after the procedure, possibly a sore throat or minor abdominal discomfort. Depending on the purpose of the procedure, you should get the results of the procedure within a few hours to a few days.

People living in the Newport Beach, CA area who are seeking information about endoscopy or who need a qualified physician to administer an endoscopy might consider contacting Glenn D. Madokoro, M.D. For more information call (949)548-8800 or visit the website at www.newportbeachgi.org.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
October 29, 2015
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Polyps  

Polyps are a small cluster of cells that grow on the lining of the colon. Most polyps tend to be harmless, and generally don’t cause noticeable symptoms. However, some polyps can eventually grow and develop into colon cancer. Colon cancer is the third most cancercommon form of cancer in men and women in the United States. When diagnosed and treated early, colon cancer can be treatable. Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro, a gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA, recommends that people become familiar with their individual risk factors and predisposition to developing polyps, and to undergo colonoscopy screenings to detect abnormal cell growth in the large intestine and rectum.

What causes polyps?

Abnormalities or genetic mutations can sometimes cause cells to proliferate and continue dividing beyond what is necessary for healthy cell function. In the large intestine (colon), this unregulated cell growth can lead to the formation of polyps in the lining of the colon.

Are polyps cancerous?

Generally, most polyps are benign and do not necessarily develop into cancer. Larger masses can increase the likelihood that they will become malignant, and other risk factors such as genetics and lifestyle factors can also play a role in the development of cancer.

What are the signs and symptoms of polyps?

Polyps generally do not present symptoms. In some cases, people with polyps may experience rectal bleeding, changes in bowel habits and stool color, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, iron deficiency and anemia.

What are the different types of polyps?

There are several types of polyps. The most common forms are:

  • Adenomatous - most common type, a small percentage usually become cancerous, however, they make up the majority of cancerous polyps.
  • Serrated - vary in shape and size and location in the colon. Serrated polyps located in the upper colon are harder to detect and more likely to become cancerous.
  • Inflammatory - usually develop as a result of ulcerative colitis or Chron’s disease, both of which can potentially increase a person’s risk of developing colon cancer.

Who is at risk for developing polyps?

Polyps are not uncommon and can develop in many people without becoming malignant. Dr. Madokoro advises his Newport Beach patients above the age of 50 to schedule a colonoscopy to screen for polyps (people with genetic predispositions to polyps and colon cancer may need to start screening earlier).

Other risk factors include:

  • Race (African Americans are at higher risk)
  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes

To learn more about your individual risk for developing polyps, and to schedule a colonoscopy, contact Glenn D. Madokoro, MD in Newport Beach, CA at (949) 548-8800 today!

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
August 05, 2015
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Has your Newport Beach, CA doctor, Glenn D. Madokoro, MD, talked to you about having a colonoscopy yet? A common medical procedure, colonoscopies are used to screen for signs of colon cancer and other dangerous conditions of the colon. Here are fourColonoscopy reasons you might need one.

1. You are Fifty or Older

Routine colonoscopies typically begin around fifty years of age for most people. Even if you have no warning signs or family history of colon cancer, your Newport Beach, CA doctor will likely recommend a colonoscopy around this age just to be safe.

2. You are at an Increased Risk for Colon Cancer

If you are one of the many Newport Beach, CA residents at an increased risk for colon cancer, however, your doctor will likely recommend that you have a colonoscopy sooner or more frequently. This will help ensure that, if something does develop, your doctor will know right away.

3. A Previous Screening Indicated Cause for Concern

While the majority of colonoscopy results come back normal, if yours indicates that there is some cause for concern, your doctor will want to see you back again more frequently. This will help your doctor make the best treatment decision for you.

4. You are Experiencing Several Symptoms Related to Your Bowels.

Colon cancer can present several symptoms. If you notice one or more of the following symptoms, call Dr. Madokoro in Newport Beach, CA to schedule a colonoscopy sooner rather than later.

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stool
  • Stomach cramps
  • Unexplained weight loss

While these symptoms can just be the result of consuming the wrong foods, they can also be a sign that something is wrong. If any of the four descriptions above fits you, call Dr. Madokoro in Newport Beach, CA to set up an appointment for your next colonoscopy today.

By Office of Glenn D. Madokoro, MD
April 15, 2015
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Diverticulitis  

Diverticulitis Diverticulitis is an unfortunately common and painful disease of the digestive system. It occurs when pouches formed in the intestines and colon become inflamed. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, and nausea. The disease is diagnosed when symptoms are present and then confirmed with a blood test by your gastroenterologist. An ultrasound or CT scan may also be used to diagnose diverticulitis.

Diverticulitis can be so serious that it can down elite athletes. In 2009, professional wrestler and mixed martial arts star Brock Lesnar nearly lost his career when he was sidelined with diverticulitis. The athlete described this condition as feeling like a “shotgun blast to the stomach,” which says a lot coming from the former Ultimate Fighting Heavyweight Champion.

The Risks of Diverticulitis

  • Cancer
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Fistula
  • Bleeding
  • Peritonitis
  • Strictures

Blood loss may result in hospitalization for observation and intravenous fluids, particularly if it causes dizziness or loss of consciousness.

What Causes Diverticulitis?

Researchers and clinicians have been unable to pinpoint the cause of diverticulitis. Some doctors recommend a diet that includes probiotics and some recommend a high fiber diet. However, experts say there is not enough evidence on either to form a clinical recommendation.

Treatment for Diverticulitis

Depending on the severity of the disease, your doctor may recommend changes in diet or antibiotics if an infection is present. The American College of Gastroenterology guidelines also recommend colonoscopy after diverticulitis to rule out other conditions such as cancer. Patients should have a colonoscopy at least six weeks following the episode of diverticulitis and no more than 12 months after the condition has cleared.

In rare cases, surgery may become necessary to remove the bleeding diverticula. However, most patients stop bleeding on their own after a few days of observation.

If you experience abdominal pain and are concerned about diverticulitis, talk to your Newport Beach gastroenterologist. Dr. Glenn Madokoro of Newport Beach, CA treats patients with diverticulitis and can perform a colonoscopy to check for other conditions associated with the disease. Schedule an appointment today with your Newport Beach gastroenterologist if you are concerned that you may be at risk for diverticulitis.

By Glenn D. Madokoro, MD
February 17, 2015
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Polyps  

Hearing your doctor say that you have polyps can be very frightening. What are polyps? Are polyps dangerous? Thankfully, the diagnosis is generally nowhere near as bad as it sounds. Read on to learn more about polyps and how endoscopy from Glenn D. Madokoro, MD in Newport Beach can help you achieve your maximum health.

What are Polyps?

Polyps are small tissue growths that can be found on any organ. The most common locations for polyps include the colon and the uterus, though they can be found in the nose, ear and stomach as well. Polyps can range in size from smaller than a quarter to several inches across, and you can have none, one or several.

Generally, polyps are not dangerous by themselves. Some types of polyps can be or become cancerous, however, so if your doctor finds one in your body, he or she will likely refer you to a specialized endoscopy professional, such as Dr. Madokoro in Newport Beach.

What Causes Polyps?

While polyps are relatively common, doctors are still uncertain as to what causes them. Doctors do know that age is the biggest risk factor and genetics may play a role as well. While few young adults have polyps, as many as one quarter of all senior citizens may have them at some point.

How are Polyps Identified?

Because most polyps cause no symptoms, doctors recommend that people come in for regular screenings, especially as they age. It is at these routine screenings that doctors will inspect the most at-risk parts of the body for any signs or symptoms of an abnormality.

How are Polyps Treated?

While most polyps are not dangerous, your doctor will want to check to make sure. If Dr. Madokoro finds a polyp, he will remove the polyp and have it biopsied to determine if it is cancerous, pre-cancerous or benign. Polyps are typically removed either with wire loop biopsy forceps or by burning them at the base with an electric current. Both procedures are routine and low-risk.

If your polyp is found to be benign, Dr. Madokoro will likely recommend future monitoring just to make sure that you stay well. The interval of time between screenings will vary from a few months to a few years, depending on the severity and number of the polyps that were found. If your polyp is found to be cancerous, Dr. Madokoro will discuss your treatment options with you from there.

Most polyps are not a cause for concern, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. Be sure to visit your doctor for regular screenings and don't be afraid to visit Dr. Madokoro in Newport Beach for endoscopy treatment if needed.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
February 05, 2015
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Colonoscopy   GIQuIC  

GIQuICYour Newport Beach gastroenterologist participates in an endoscopic quality improvement registry to promote more effective medical procedures.

According to the CDC, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US. The sooner cancer can be detected the better a patient’s prognosis. Therefore, we recommend that anyone at an increased risk for colorectal cancer see their Newport Beach gastroenterologist to get an endoscopy.

Endoscopies, such as a colonoscopy, allow us to assess the digestive system and detect abnormal growths and tumors like adenomas, and it’s vitally important at our practice to ensure that we are offering the best quality health care we possibly can to our patients to provide fast and accurate diagnosis for the most effective treatment plans. That’s why our very own Newport Beach gastroenterologist, Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro, is participating in the GIQuIC registry.

About GIQuIC

As of 2012, about 100,000 colonoscopies have been submitted to the GI Quality Improvement Consortium (GIQuIC). So what does this mean? Through these endoscopy case submissions the GiQuIC is able to provide information to improve the quality of your next procedure. The GiQuIC measures several important factors including adenoma detection rate, prep assessment and cecal intubation rate, to name a few. This information gives gastroenterologists like Dr. Glenn Madokoro peace of mind knowing that they are providing the best treatment measures possible. This also ensures that we are detecting precancerous growths like adenomas before they become full-blown cancer, which means easier and more effective treatments for our patients.

If it’s time for you to schedule your endoscopy in Newport Beach, be sure to call Dr. Glenn Madokoro to book your upcoming procedure. Those over the age of 50 should have a colonoscopy every 10 years to check for adenomas and other cancerous growths. If you are at an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer, tell your Newport Beach gastroenterologist and we’ll let you know how often you should be coming in.

By Glenn D. Madokoro, MD
March 28, 2014
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Polyps  
Polyps are abnormal growths of tissue that can be found in any organ that has blood vessels, such as the colon. To help you understand colon polyps in Newport Beach, Dr. Glenn Madokoro offers some helpful information so you can remain “in the know” about important gastrological topics.
 
 

What are Colon Polyps?

 
A colon polyp is a growth on the surface of the colon.  A person can sometimes have more than one polyp, which can be raised or flat. Some colon polyps are benign, which means they are not cancerous, but some may already be cancerous or will become cancerous.  Typically, flat polyps are smaller and harder to see, while they are more likely to be cancerous than raised polyps. With the use of a colonoscopy in Newport Beach, polyps can usually be removed.
 
 

So Who Gets Polyps?

 
Anyone can get colon polyps, but certain people might be more likely to get them than others. You may have a greater change of getting polyps if:
 
  • You are 50 or older
     
  • You have had polyps before
     
  • Someone in your family has had polyps
     
  • Someone in your family has had colon cancer
     
  • You’ve had uterine or ovarian cancer before age 50
 
It is also more likely for you to get colon polyps if you:
 
  • Eat a lot of fatty foods
     
  • Smoke
     
  • Drink alcohol
     
  • Don’t exercise
     
  • Weigh too much
 
By visiting Dr. Glenn Madokoro in Newport Beach, your polyps can be examined and removed.  Dr. Madokoro will work with you to create an appropriate treatment plan for treating your polyps in Newport Beach.
By Glenn D. Madokoro, MD
March 26, 2014
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Endoscopy  
Endoscopy Newport BeachIf you are experiencing abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or difficulty swallowing, our gastroenterologist offers an endoscopy in Newport Beach.  With this procedure, Dr. Glenn Madokoro will be able to find the cause of your symptoms.  An endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure that is used to examine your digestive tract.  Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, Dr. Madokoro can view pictures of your digestive tract on a color TV monitor.
 

You might need an endoscopy from Newport Beach gastroenterologist, Dr. Madokoro, to evaluate the following:

  • Stomach pain
     
  • Ulcers, gastritis, or difficulty swallowing
     
  • Digestive tract bleeding
     
  • Changes in bowel habits
     
  • Polyps or growths in the colon
 

Dr. Madokoro Explains an Endoscopy to Newport Beach Patients

 
There are many different types of endoscopy procedures, and the experience of having one can vary a lot from one type to the next. It is important to keep in mind that there might be more than one way to do some procedures.  Your experience will vary depending on your health and what needs to be done, such as whether a biopsy is needed. 
 
If you are going to have an endoscopy in Newport Beach, Dr. Glenn Madokoro will explain to you what will be done and what to expect before, during and after the test.  He will also tell you what you need to do to prepare for your endoscopy, which could mean fasting for a certain amount of time, following a liquid diet for a certain amount of time, and/or use laxatives or enemas.
 
If you are a resident of Newport Beach requiring an endoscopy, Dr. Glenn Madokoro will work with you to determine the best procedure and will inform you about the necessary steps needed to complete this test. Contact Dr. Madokoro if you are experiencing pain.  Remember, there is no reason why you should have to put up with pain.  Dr. Madokoro is available to help you take the next step toward a pain-free lifestyle.


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