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!

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