Posts for: March, 2014

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.