Posts for category: Gastroenterology

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.



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