We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna Open Access Elect Choice near Burlingame, CA.
Dr. Vino Verghese works as a gastroenterologist in Burlingame, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Verghese include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with 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. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Verghese's education and training includes medical school at Christian Medical College, Vellore and residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)
All Interests: Gastroenterology, Biliary disease, Capsule endoscopy, Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
Dr. Robert Osterhoff, who practices in Burlingame, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Osterhoff is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Osterhoff speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Advanced therapeutic endoscopy, Colon cancer, Colorectal cancer screening, Crohn's disease, GERD ... (Read more)
Dr. Michael Bender practices adult gastroenterology. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bender honors. After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Bender performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Bender is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). 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: Acid reflux, Capsule endoscopy, Celiac disease, Chronic constipation, Colitis, Colon cancer, ... (Read more)
Dr. Kimberly Dalal is a specialist in general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and colon & rectal surgery. Her areas of expertise consist of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), colorectal surgery procedures, and cancer surgery. Dr. Dalal is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). She accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. She is accepting new patients. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Dalal completed her residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School.
Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, anorectal problems, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, liver cancer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, rectal prolapse
All Interests: Surgery, Laparoscopic Whipple's procedure, Laparoscopic adrenalectomy, Laparoscopic bowel surgery, ... (Read more)
Dr. Pamela Foster is a bariatric surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. She is especially interested in colorectal surgery procedures. Dr. Foster takes several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Virginia Mason Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). She has an open panel.
Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, anal fissures, hemorrhoids
All Interests: Surgery, Anal fistula, Complex anal fissures, Diverticulitis, Hemorrhoids, Laparoscopy, Pilonidal ... (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.