We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna Open Access Elect Choice near Burlingame, CA.
Dr. Robert Osterhoff practices adult gastroenterology in Burlingame, CA. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Osterhoff's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He has an open panel. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Osterhoff attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. 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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Verghese's practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Christian Medical College, Vellore, Dr. Verghese performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)
All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Biliary Disorders, Capsule Endoscopy
Dr. Michael Bender's specialty 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). After attending Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, he completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bender is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.
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's specialties are general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and colon & rectal surgery. She practices in San Mateo, CA and Burlingame, CA. She is especially interested in video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), colorectal surgery procedures, and cancer surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Dr. Dalal studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Dalal trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. The average patient rating for Dr. Dalal is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dalal accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is open to new patients.
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 specialist in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. Her areas of expertise include colorectal surgery procedures. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Foster honors. Dr. Foster is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College and a graduate of Virginia Mason Medical Center's residency program. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Mills-Peninsula Health Services. She 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.