Posts for category: Gastroenterology

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
February 21, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Colonoscopy  

In 2019, about 145,600 men and women in the U.S. received a colorectal cancer diagnosis. Although the condition mainly affects older adults, there's a rising incidence in younger individuals. When detected early, it's often curable. Prevention is possible using an imaging test that looks for abnormalities in the lining of the large intestine. At his Newport Beach, CA, office, Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro recommends a colonoscopy to healthy patients with an average, increased, or high risk of developing colon cancer or dangerous polyps. If you're under 45 and have a family history, schedule a consultation with our gastroenterologist to learn when you should undergo this procedure.

What is a Colonoscopy?

During this screening test, Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro uses an instrument called a colonoscope. It's the size of a thin, flexible tube with a lens and light source that allows him to view images on a video monitor. For the outpatient procedure conducted in our Newport Beach, CA, office, there are different sedation options that we'll address amidst your initial consultation. During, the doctor gently inserts this small camera into the anus, gradually pushing it further into the rectum and colon to search for abnormal tissue. If something is a cause for concern, he may take a biopsy sample or remove polyps that might be pre-cancerous or cancerous.

When Should You Get a Colonoscopy?

Nowadays, you're never too young for a colonoscopy, and increased awareness, as well as screening, could save up to 30,000 lives each year. Although early stages of colorectal cancer don't typically have any symptoms, a doctor may recommend this procedure when the following are present:

  • Abdominal discomfort or bloating
  • Dark patches of blood in the stool
  • Unexplained fatigue or weight loss
  • Bleeding or cramping in the rectum
  • Inability to pass a bowel movement

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related fatalities in the United States. Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro is trained and experienced to identify symptoms early and create an effective treatment plan aimed at saving lives. For more information about preparing for a colonoscopy, other conditions we treat, and services provided in our Newport Beach, CA, office, visit our website. For appointment scheduling, please call (949) 548-8800.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
December 26, 2019
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Endoscopy  

How an endoscopy from your gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA, can protect your health

An endoscopy is a simple procedure that can very effectively protect your health. When you undergo an endoscopy, it helps your gastroenterologist detect any serious medical conditions affecting your upper digestive system. Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro in Newport Beach, CA, offers a wide range of gastroenterology services, including endoscopies, to help keep you healthy.

More about endoscopy

To perform an endoscopy, we use an endoscope, which is an ultra-thin catheter with a camera attached to one end. The endoscope is inserted in your mouth and guided down into your esophagus, down to your duodenum and stomach. The camera allows your gastroenterologist to view the tissue of your upper digestive system, looking for any abnormalities, such as growths and irritated tissue.

Endoscopy treatment is very effective at diagnosing gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, ulcers, anemia, gastrointestinal cancers, and celiac disease. During an endoscopy, it is also possible for your gastroenterologist to take a tissue sample for biopsy in order to confirm an exact diagnosis. Endoscopies provide an opportunity for early diagnosis, which can lead to early treatment to get you back to health faster, and with a better outcome.

You may need an endoscopy if you experience any of these signs and symptoms:

  • Continuous, chronic abdominal pain
  • Recurrent diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting
  • Problems swallowing or chronic hoarseness
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding

An endoscopy is performed on an outpatient basis. You will be sedated before the procedure to help you relax, and so you must bring someone with you to drive you home afterward. Avoid taking any blood-thinning medications or NSAIDS before treatment and don’t eat or drink anything from 4 to 8 hours before your procedure.

Contact us

Endoscopies are an easy, comfortable way to protect your health. They are a vital diagnostic tool to help your gastroenterologist give you the most accurate diagnosis and determine treatment. To learn more about endoscopies and how they can help you, call Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro in Newport Beach, CA, today at (949) 548-8800.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
November 07, 2019
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Polyps  

Polyps are small tissue growths that usually appear in the lining of the colon (large intestine), but can also develop in other parts of the polypbody, as well. While polyps are usually benign (non-cancerous), they can also be an early warning sign of colon cancer if detected during an endoscopic procedure known as a colonoscopy. Read on to learn more, and contact Dr. Glenn Madokoro, your gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA, if it's time for you to schedule a colonoscopy


Colonoscopy and Polyp Detection in Newport Beach, CA

Polyps don't cause symptoms, so you will not be able to tell if you have them without an exam. In general, the American Cancer Society recommends that people begin screenings for colon cancer at age 50, as the risk for colorectal cancers tends to increase with age. However, some people may have to begin screenings earlier than that depending on their personal/family history and risky lifestyle factors such as obesity and smoking.


How GI Doctors Screen for Polyps

There are several tests available depending on your situation and medical history. For instance, a sample of your stool may be tested for blood, or diagnostic imaging test may be administered. Some of these include:

  • CT scan
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy

Polyps are usually small and asymptomatic, but you should let your doctor know right away if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Unexplained changes in bowel movements
  • Blood in your stool
  • Abdominal cramping (larger polyps can create blocks in the colon)
  • Unexplained weight loss or anemia

Other factors that may increase the risk of colon polyps include underlying health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and inflammatory bowel syndrome.


Find a Gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA

For more information about polyps and to discuss your colon cancer risk and screening needs, contact our office today by dialing (949) 548-8800 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Madokoro.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
July 23, 2019
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Colonoscopy  

You've probably seen the television ads for colon screening. Maybe you've talked to friends about colonoscopies. If getting a colonoscopy is something you are considering, you probably have questions. Dr. Glenn Madokoro can be your colonoscopy expert in Newport Beach, CA.

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a procedure during which your doctor uses a camera instrument called a colonoscope to see direct imaging of your entire colon, and perform a thorough exam. The procedure allows the doctor to see any irregularities in your colon, and serves as a colon cancer screening. Colonoscopies are a proven method for early detection and treatment of colon cancer.

When should I get a colonoscopy?

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) recommends that both men and women start scheduling colonoscopies at age 50. For people of African descent, age 45 is recommended for your first colonoscopy.

If you have a parent or sibling who has been diagnosed with colon cancer, you should get your first screening 10 years earlier than their age at diagnosis, or at age 40 - whichever is younger.

Is a colonoscopy painful?

Typically colonoscopies do not cause pain. Patients are sedated during the procedure, and shouldn't feel anything while the colonoscope is checking out your colon.

What is colonoscopy preparation like?

You may have heard rumors about what the preparation is like for a colonoscopy procedure. It is important for your colon to be clean so your doctor is able to identify any irregularities that may exist.

Most doctors will prescribe a large amount of liquid called polyethylene glycol (PEG) that causes several hours of diarrhea and clears the colon. Your doctor in Newport Beach may also prescribe oral laxatives to help with this process. There are other methods of preparation as well. You will work directly with your doctor to determine which method will work best for you personally.

Schedule your Newport Beach colonoscopy today!

If you are ready to schedule your colonoscopy or meet with Dr. Madokoro for a consult, call us today at (949) 548-8800.