We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna Open Access Elect Choice near Burlingame, CA.
Dr. Robert Osterhoff's specialty is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Osterhoff has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He honors several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. Dr. Osterhoff is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)
Dr. Vino Verghese's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Verghese focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Verghese's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He graduated from Christian Medical College, Vellore. Dr. Verghese completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Verghese honors. Dr. Verghese's practice is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)
All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Biliary Disorders, Capsule Endoscopy
Dr. Michael Bender's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Bender is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Patient reviews placed Dr. Bender at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. He is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, small intestine disorders, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, acid reflux (GERD), colitis
All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fecal Incontinence, Upper Endoscopy, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)
Dr. Kimberly Dalal works as a general surgeon, surgical oncologist, and colon and rectal surgeon in San Mateo, CA and Burlingame, CA. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Dalal's training includes residency programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. In her practice, Dr. Dalal focuses on video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), colorectal surgery procedures, and cancer surgery. Dr. Dalal is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Dr. Dalal has an open panel.
Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, liver cancer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, rectal prolapse
All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Lymphadenectomy, Thoracic Problems, Research, Rectal Problems, Rectal ... (Read more)
Dr. Pamela Foster is a general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery specialist. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her clinical interests include colorectal surgery procedures. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Foster honors. She attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Foster trained at Virginia Mason Medical Center for her residency. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. Dr. Foster is accepting new patients.
Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, anal fissures, hemorrhoids
All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, Diverticular Disease, Pilonidal Cysts, Colorectal Surgery ... (Read more)
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The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.
IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.
Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.
GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.
Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.
Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.
Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.