Annual Physicals Specialist

Dean K. Otaka, MD

Family Medicine located in Aiea, HI

Life is busy. It’s hard to make time for your health. But annual physicals help you maintain your well-being now and in the future. Specializing in family medicine, Dean Otaka, MD, provides medical exams, screening tests, and health care services in a friendly, comfortable setting in the Aiea area of Honolulu. To find out how an annual physical would benefit you, call or book a consultation online.

Annual Physicals Q & A

What are annual physicals?

An annual physical is a preventative care visit with your doctor. It’s a check-up where Dr. Otaka focuses on your health now — and in the future.

What should I expect at an annual physical?

Typically, you’ll talk about your current health at an annual physical. Dr. Otaka asks you questions about your medical history, past surgeries or illnesses, and ongoing health conditions, such as asthma or diabetes.

Dr. Otaka checks your vital signs, including your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. He listens to your lungs and heart with a stethoscope and checks your eyes, ears, and other areas to look for any possible health issues.

What tests happen at annual physicals?

Your annual physical may include screening tests. These tests are based on your age and sex. Here are some of the screenings commonly performed at an annual physical:

  • Children ages 0-5: immunizations and developmental screenings
  • Children ages 6-12: immunizations and developmental assessments
  • Women: breast exam and Pap test
  • Men: prostate cancer and colorectal cancer screenings
  • Adults: cholesterol test and colon cancer screening

Based on your test results, Dr. Otaka may suggest other screenings. He aims to catch and treat potential health problems before they become serious.

What should I expect at a woman’s annual physical?

Dr. Otaka begins by reviewing your medical history and checking your vital signs. He may perform a Pap smear, breast exam, or pelvic exam. Your appointment is a great time to ask about:

  • Contraception
  • Plans to get pregnant
  • Menopause
  • Safe sex and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Mental health issues

Depending on your age, Dr. Otaka may recommend you get a mammogram.

What should I expect at a man’s annual physical?

Similar to a woman’s annual physical, Dr. Otaka reviews your medical history, checks your vital signs, and performs a medical exam.

Depending on your age, he may recommend screening tests. He may want to screen for diabetes or other chronic conditions. Regular cholesterol screenings typically begin at age 20. If you’re 50 or older, he may recommend testing for colorectal cancer or prostate cancer.

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a doctor, then you’re overdue for an annual exam to keep you healthy, both now and in the future. Call or schedule a consultation online today with Dean Otaka, MD.