Posts for tag: Colonoscopy

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
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.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
March 15, 2019
Category: GI Care

A colonoscopy screens patients for colon cancer. Recommended for people ages 50 and older, this minimally-invasive test looks for Ulcerative Colitisirregularities in the bowels, takes samples for biopsies, and uncovers the reasons for chronic diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, and other problems of the lower GI tract. In Newport Beach, Dr. Glenn Madokoro is your go-to gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. Is it time for you to have one?


What to expect

During a screening colonoscopy our Newport Beach practice, your gastroenterologist will use a thin lighted tube to inspect the interior of your lower Gi tract, including the ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, and rectum. He takes real time and still images of the lining of the bowels and looks for problems such as diverticulitis and, more importantly, cancerous growths and polyps.

Many individuals over the age of 50 have benign and precancerous polyps. While these lesions themselves are not necessarily cancerous, some may become malignant over time. In fact, all colon cancer arises from polyps.

Dr. Madokoro performs a colonoscopy in about 45 minutes with the patient positioned on their left side. Typically, patients are sedated so they can respond to simple commands but feel very relaxed or even drop off to sleep. You should also know that this GI test is painless. In fact, most patients say that bowel prep the day before the procedure is the most difficult part of it. To prepare, you'll consume only clear liquids and take a large volume of cathartics to thoroughly cleanse the large intestine.

Finally, after your test, your gastroenterologist will review his findings with you. Biopsy results may take a week. You'll be driven home by a friend or loved one and resume your usual activities the next day.


Get Peace of mind

If you're over 50 and you know that it's time for your screening colonoscopy, call Dr. Glenn Madokoro for an appointment. You'll receive complete prep and aftercare instructions so that you know what to expect. Phone (949) 548-8800 today!

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
August 09, 2018
Tags: Colonoscopy  

ColonoscopyColon cancer threatens 150,000 Americans annually, says the American Cancer Society. In Newport Beach, CA, your gastroenterologist, Dr. Glenn Madokoro, recommends routine cancer screening by colonoscopy, emphasizing early detection and better cure rates for this potentially deadly disease. Learn about this accurate procedure and how often the experts say you should have it.

How colon cancer happens

Colon cancer affects the large intestine, the long, highly innervated and vascularized tube which runs from the small intestine to the rectum and anus. Responsible for absorbing water and certain nutrients, the colon also helps you eliminate solid waste.

Unfortunately, cancer can plague many sites in the body, including the large intestine. While typical symptoms of colon cancer can include pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and weight loss, many times people exhibit few to no symptoms, particularly in the earliest stages of the disease.

Harvard Health reports that colon cancer may begin with small noncancerous lesions called polyps or adenomas. While these small benign tumors do not always develop into cancer, many do. That's why examination by routine colonoscopy in Newport Beach is so important.

What is a colonoscopy?

This in-office or in-hospital procedure examines the lining, or internal structure, of the large intestine. Your gastroenterologist inserts a small diameter lighted tube into the anus and through the entire length of the colon. Live video feed allows him to look at the colon, detecting abnormalities such as cancer, adenomas, and other issues which cause chronic diarrhea, pain, and more. While polyps do not always become cancerous, says Harvard Health, all colon cancer proceeds from polyps. So, routine screening is vital.

During a colonoscopy, you will be sedated and positioned on your side. During the test, you will experience no pain but may feel some mild pressure or cramping.

Dr. Madokoro will look at your colon and take pictures at certain junctures and of any area which he feels requires closer examination. If he sees any polyps, he will remove them via cautery (heat) or a snare mechanism, and the tissue will be biopsied. You will remember little or even nothing of your test afterwards, and a responsible adult must escort you home.

How often should you get one?

Aside from some individuals who have a genetic predisposition to polyps, most people should begin routine colon screening at age 50. With no evidence of polyps, Dr. Madokoro will advise a repeat procedure in 10 years. With polyps which are noncancerous, he will recommend every five to 10 years.

After age 75, follow your doctor's recommendation for repeat screening tests. After 85, you will not receive routine colonoscopies but only on a case by case basis, says the American College of Gastroenterology.

Find out more

If you are approaching your fiftieth birthday or if you are due for your routine colonoscopy, please contact Dr. Madokoro's office in Newport Beach, CA, for a consultation. Know your colon health! Call the office staff today 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!

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
August 22, 2017
Category: GI Care
Tags: Colonoscopy  

If you're age 50 or older, you know that a screening colonoscopy appears on your "to do" list. If your heredity and current health status


indicate you're at low risk for developing colon cancer, your gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA may ask you to repeat the test every 10 years. However, some conditions require more frequent screening or a follow-up colonoscopy. Follow-up of this very accurate diagnostic test is much like your original screening. Find out the reasons why it's performed from Dr. Glenn Madokoro.

Is colon cancer a real threat?

Yes, it is, especially as your age advances beyond 50. The American Cancer Society says that undetected, colon cancer will kill 50,000 Americans this year alone. That's why prophylactic testing is so important. If detected in its earliest stages, colon cancer can be cured.

Your Newport Beach gastroenterologist will help you determine what your interval should be between your initial screening colonoscopy and your follow-ups. Many adults require follow-up after 10 years because their intestinal mucosa showed no areas of concern.

If however, your exam reveals abnormalities such as diverticulum, small pouches or indentations which form in the walls of the large intestine, or polyps, growths that can be benign or precancerous (adenomas), you likely will need more frequent colonoscopies.

What happens during a follow-up colonoscopy?

Physicians also call this procedure a surveillance colonoscopy because it watches for changes in previously found abnormalities. Dr. Madokoro is well-known for his slow and careful search through the large intestine using a lighted and video-monitored scope.

To begin your procedure, you are given a tranquilizer, such as Valium, to relax you. You rest on one side and the doctor gently inserts the thin, flexible instrument through the rectum. Some patients drift off to sleep during the test and may remember very little of the experience afterward.

As the doctor advances the scope, he searches for polyps and removes them for biopsy if he encounters any. Polyps may be excised with a tiny electrical current (burn fulguration) or with a small loop of wire (snare polypectomy). Dr. Madokoro carefully looks through the entire length of the colon to ensure he has retrieved all polyps.

Don't worry; be informed

Whatever the reason is for your follow-up colonoscopy in Newport Beach, CA, rest assured it is an excellent tool in keeping you and your colon healthy. If it's time for your first colonoscopy or for your follow-up test, please contact Dr. Madokoro's staff for an appointment. Call today: (949) 548-8800.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
June 14, 2016
Tags: Colonoscopy  

A colonoscopy might not be on the top of your priority list. However, this procedure is an incredibly important tool for preventing and colonoscopydiagnosing colon cancer, which affects about 150,000 new patients per year. But how can you tell if you should schedule a colonoscopy? Learn more with help from your Newport Beach, CA gastroenterologist Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro, MD at Newport Beach GI.

What can a colonoscopy do for me? 
Doctors use a colonoscopy to detect signs of gastrointestinal conditions and colorectal cancer. The medical procedure allows your doctor to visually see the lining of your rectum and colon to spot irregularities and precancerous or cancerous growths called polyps. Finding polyps early greatly decreases your chances of developing colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy also allows your doctor to investigate problematic symptoms of gastrointestinal issues like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and administer their treatments.

Colonoscopy in Newport Beach, CA
Colonoscopy uses a piece of medical equipment called a colonoscope. This long, thin tube, which is inserted rectally, has a tiny camera attached to the end. If necessary, your doctor uses miniaturized tools threaded through the tube to take biopsies or remove polyps. The procedure itself begins with a colon cleanse beginning a few days before the colonoscopy. This empties the colon for the test. On the day of your test, your doctor administers sedation medication to relax you during the procedure. After inserting the colonoscope into the anus, the tube moves through the rectum to the colon, then fills the colon with air. This allows your doctor to see the colon’s lining. After the procedure, you will be required to stay in recovery for about an hour. The medications you take before the procedure require that you bring someone to drive you home afterward.

When should I schedule a colonoscopy? 
The general rule of thumb is that patients over 50 with an average cancer risk should undergo a preventative colonoscopy every ten years. This gives Dr. Madokoro the chance to find any precancerous or cancerous polyps early, decreasing the chance of colorectal cancer or even preventing it altogether. Signs that you should schedule a colonoscopy include:

  • gastrointestinal irritation
  • constipation
  • irregular stools
  • chronic diarrhea
  • blood in the stool
  • sudden or unexplained weight loss

Your doctor can help you determine if a colonoscopy is best for you and your situation. For more information on colonoscopy, please contact Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro, MD at Newport Beach GI in Newport Beach, CA. Call (949) 548-8800 to schedule your appointment for an examination today!

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
April 27, 2016
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Find out more about colorectal cancer screenings and who should get them.

Are you turning 50 years old this year? If so, it might be time to give yourself the gift of prevention and schedule a colonoscopy with your colorectal cancer preventionNewport Beach, CA gastroenterologist Dr. Glenn Madokoro.

Who should get screened?

Anyone over the age of 50 or older should be getting routine screenings from their GI doctor in Newport Beach. Those who are at risk of developing colorectal cancer may need to get screened earlier. We are happy to help determine when and how often you should get screened.

Who is at risk for colorectal cancer?

There are several factors that can put you at risk for developing this form of cancer including:

  • Personal history of adenomatous polyps or colorectal cancer
  • Family history of colorectal cancer (particularly if it’s a first-degree relative who has been diagnosed)
  • Age (risk will increase throughout a person’s life as they get older)
  • Obesity
  • A diet high in fat, as well as processed or red meat
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Smoking or excessive alcohol intake
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

If you have one or more factors then it’s time to call our Newport Beach, CA office today to schedule an appointment with our gastroenterologist.

What is involved in a colorectal cancer screening?

While there are a few different screening tests available the best one for detecting cancerous and precancerous growths is a colonoscopy. Of course, some people decide not to get screened despite needing to because they may be embarrassed or scared about the procedure. But this procedure is performed while you are sedated, so you shouldn’t worry about it being uncomfortable. But we understand that this can be a stressful time and our goal is to make sure that you feel as comfortable as possible so feel free to talk to us about ways to make your test easier on you. Remember: this test could just save your life.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 22 million adults ages 50-75 still need to be tested. Are you part of that 22 million? If so, then it’s time to call our Newport Beach, CA gastroenterology office today.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
January 07, 2016
Tags: Colonoscopy  

A colonoscopy is a test used to examine your large intestine for signs of cancer and find the cause of other problems, such as abdominal pain. Initial colonoscopies are recommended at age 50, although they are used at any age to diagnose a gastrointestinal problem. ColonoscopyGastroenterologist Glenn D. Madokoro, M.D., of Newport Beach, CA, is here to share information about the colonoscopy process.

Why is colonoscopy prep so important?

Your Newport Beach gastroenterologist inserts a thin, flexible, lighted tube with a camera into your anus during your colonoscopy. As he gently guides the colonoscope through your colon, the camera transmits images to a monitor. If any fecal matter remains in your colon, your doctor won't be able to see the lining clearly. During colonoscopy prep, you'll clean out your colon with laxatives. Although you might find the process a little unpleasant, it's an absolutely crucial step.

What happens during a colonoscopy?

Before the procedure starts, you will be given a sedative or undergo general anesthesia to ensure that your body is completely relaxed during the procedure. You'll lie on your side while your gastroenterologist places the tube in your anus and guides it through your rectum and colon. The scope not only takes video images of your colon; it also pumps air into your colon to give Dr. Madokoro a clear view of the lining. Once the scope reaches the opening to your small intestine, your doctor will slowly withdraw it and take a second look at the lining of your colon.

What if a polyp is found during the colonoscopy?

Polyps are small growths on the lining of the colon walls that can eventually become cancerous. In addition to sending images of your colon to a monitor, the colonoscope can also be used to remove polyps. Any polyps removed during the procedure are sent to a laboratory for testing. You may notice some light bleeding after the colonoscopy if you have a polyp removed.

What is the colonoscopy recovery process like?

Plan to spend at least an hour or two at the outpatient center or hospital following a colonoscopy. During this time, the effects of the sedative or anesthesia will wear off and the medical staff will monitor you to make sure you aren't experiencing any issues. Someone will need to drive you home if you've had anesthesia. You may pass gas for a few hours after the procedure, but by the next day, you should feel completely normal.

Make your colon health a priority this year! Schedule a colonoscopy appointment with Newport Beach, CA, gastroenterologist Glenn D. Madokoro, M.D. by calling (949) 548-8800.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
August 05, 2015
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Colonoscopy  

Has your Newport Beach, CA doctor, Glenn D. Madokoro, MD, talked to you about having a colonoscopy yet? A common medical procedure, colonoscopies are used to screen for signs of colon cancer and other dangerous conditions of the colon. Here are fourColonoscopy reasons you might need one.

1. You are Fifty or Older

Routine colonoscopies typically begin around fifty years of age for most people. Even if you have no warning signs or family history of colon cancer, your Newport Beach, CA doctor will likely recommend a colonoscopy around this age just to be safe.

2. You are at an Increased Risk for Colon Cancer

If you are one of the many Newport Beach, CA residents at an increased risk for colon cancer, however, your doctor will likely recommend that you have a colonoscopy sooner or more frequently. This will help ensure that, if something does develop, your doctor will know right away.

3. A Previous Screening Indicated Cause for Concern

While the majority of colonoscopy results come back normal, if yours indicates that there is some cause for concern, your doctor will want to see you back again more frequently. This will help your doctor make the best treatment decision for you.

4. You are Experiencing Several Symptoms Related to Your Bowels.

Colon cancer can present several symptoms. If you notice one or more of the following symptoms, call Dr. Madokoro in Newport Beach, CA to schedule a colonoscopy sooner rather than later.

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stool
  • Stomach cramps
  • Unexplained weight loss

While these symptoms can just be the result of consuming the wrong foods, they can also be a sign that something is wrong. If any of the four descriptions above fits you, call Dr. Madokoro in Newport Beach, CA to set up an appointment for your next colonoscopy today.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
February 05, 2015
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Colonoscopy   GIQuIC  

GIQuICYour Newport Beach gastroenterologist participates in an endoscopic quality improvement registry to promote more effective medical procedures.

According to the CDC, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US. The sooner cancer can be detected the better a patient’s prognosis. Therefore, we recommend that anyone at an increased risk for colorectal cancer see their Newport Beach gastroenterologist to get an endoscopy.

Endoscopies, such as a colonoscopy, allow us to assess the digestive system and detect abnormal growths and tumors like adenomas, and it’s vitally important at our practice to ensure that we are offering the best quality health care we possibly can to our patients to provide fast and accurate diagnosis for the most effective treatment plans. That’s why our very own Newport Beach gastroenterologist, Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro, is participating in the GIQuIC registry.

About GIQuIC

As of 2012, about 100,000 colonoscopies have been submitted to the GI Quality Improvement Consortium (GIQuIC). So what does this mean? Through these endoscopy case submissions the GiQuIC is able to provide information to improve the quality of your next procedure. The GiQuIC measures several important factors including adenoma detection rate, prep assessment and cecal intubation rate, to name a few. This information gives gastroenterologists like Dr. Glenn Madokoro peace of mind knowing that they are providing the best treatment measures possible. This also ensures that we are detecting precancerous growths like adenomas before they become full-blown cancer, which means easier and more effective treatments for our patients.

If it’s time for you to schedule your endoscopy in Newport Beach, be sure to call Dr. Glenn Madokoro to book your upcoming procedure. Those over the age of 50 should have a colonoscopy every 10 years to check for adenomas and other cancerous growths. If you are at an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer, tell your Newport Beach gastroenterologist and we’ll let you know how often you should be coming in.

By Glenn D. Madokoro, MD
September 23, 2014
Tags: Colonoscopy  
While a colonoscopy probably isn’t at the top of your list of things to do, it is one of the most important routine medical procedures you can have performed. According to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), colorectal cancer is the third-most common cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.—and with a regular colonoscopy, it is almost completely preventable.
Using a thin flexible tubular instrument called a colonoscope, the procedure allows your gastroenterologist to look at the inside of the entire colon and rectum to detect precancerous growths or polyps. Polyps are abnormal growths in the colon lining. They are usually noncancerous and range in size. If polyps are detected during a colonoscopy, Dr. Madokoro will remove them for analysis. Cancer begins in polyps and removing them is a critical step to preventing colorectal cancer.
Most colonoscopies are administered on an outpatient basis, and the entire procedure usually only takes between 30 minutes and one hour. Following the colonoscopy, Dr. Madokoro can explain the results of the colonoscopy as soon as it has been completed.

Why might I need a Colonoscopy?

Most medical experts recommend a colonoscopy procedure starting at the age of 50 and usually once every 10 years thereafter. Some people may have a greater risk of developing colon abnormalities and require a screening earlier or more frequently, including people with a family history of colon cancer or someone with colon polyps or inflammatory bowel disease.

In addition to identifying abnormal polyps or precancerous growths, a colonoscopy can also help:
Determine the cause of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or change in bowel habits
Diagnose or rule out many digestive disorders, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
Remove polyps before they become cancerous
Remove abnormal tissue samples for further testing
Stop intestinal bleeding
Monitor response to treatments if you have inflammatory bowel disease


Benefits of Newport Beach Colonoscopy

Colon cancer is called a silent killer because symptoms don’t usually present themselves until the cancer is too advanced for treatment. Early detection is the key to successful removal and treatment of colon cancer. The good news is that a colonoscopy in Newport Beach—a quick, 30 minute screening—is the only procedure that both detects and removes precancerous polyps during the same procedure.
If you have questions about colonoscopy, colon cancer or other abnormalities affecting the large intestine, contact Dr. Madokoro today or schedule a consultation online.
colonoscopyModern science has made it easier to view the body’s internal structures to search for early signs of disease, bleeding and more before conditions can become more severe. This is the case for Dr. Glenn Madokoro, who uses specialized, lighted tubes with cameras on the end known as endoscopes to view inside the body.
Dr. Madokoro performs a number of gastroenterology services, including colonoscopy and upper endoscopy. While he performs other endoscopic procedures, the upper endoscopy and the colonoscopy are two similar procedures that are indicated for different reasons. Knowing why Dr. Madokoro would recommend one procedure over another can help you better understand the procedure and what Dr. Madokoro may be looking for.
A colonoscopy is a procedure that involves inserting a colonscope that is specifically designed to view the rectum and colon. The colonscope is inserted via the anus and advanced up to the large intestine, extending up as high as the end of the small intestine.
By contrast, an upper endoscopy is inserted in the reverse direction. This procedure uses an endoscope inserted through the mouth and is advanced through the esophagus to the stomach, the duodenum and the small intestine. This allows Dr. Madokoro to visualize these tissues to determine if abnormalities are present.
Dr. Madokoro can recommend an upper endoscopy versus a colonoscopy for various reasons. In some instances, both may be performed in the same procedural time. Some reasons he may perform an upper endoscopy include if you have been vomiting bright red blood, experiencing stomach pain, having difficulty swallowing or if he suspects you may have an ulcer somewhere in your stomach or small intestinal lining.
A colonoscopy is typically performed to test for abnormalities in the colon, such as polyps that could indicate colon cancer. Other reasons Dr. Madokoro may recommend a colonoscopy is if you are experiencing symptoms such as dark blood in your stool, to test for the possible presence of inflammatory bowel disease or to determine the cause of anemia.
Whatever the procedure need or reason for the procedure, Dr. Madokoro and his staff will make every effort to ensure you thoroughly understand the procedure or procedures.
For more information on colonoscopy, endoscopy and additional procedures offered at our Newport Beach gastroenterologist’s office, please call the office of Dr. Glenn Madokoro at (949) 548-8800.