Posts for: April, 2018

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!




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