We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna Senior Health Plan near Fountain Valley, CA.

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Dr. Duke Duc Hoang Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9900 Talbert Avenue; Suite 100
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Duke Nguyen specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass hepatobiliary disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Nguyen's average rating from his patients is 1.5 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen takes. His education and training includes medical school at St. George's, University of London and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Nguyen is conversant in Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Nguyen's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hepatitis, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 268
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Davinder Singh is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Fountain Valley, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Singh takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. His education and training includes medical school at Government Medical College, Patiala and residency at VA Wadsworth Medical Center. Dr. Singh (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Acid Reflux

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
11180 Warner Avenue; Suite 161
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Nguyen Duy specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery. Dr. Duy's areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and varicose veins. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. Before performing his residency at Charleston Area Medical Center, Dr. Duy attended Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy for medical school. He is conversant in Vietnamese. Dr. Duy is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Varicose Veins, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Hemorrhoids

Dr. Atif Iqbal, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Atif Iqbal is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Iqbal's clinical interests: gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), colectomy (colon resection), and hernia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Iqbal is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He welcomes new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of the Punjab and Allama Iqbal Medical College and residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. In addition to English, Dr. Iqbal (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colectomy, Fundoplication, Nissen Fundoplication, Weight Management, Da Vinci Surgery, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 258
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Richard Guerrero practices general surgery in Fountain Valley, CA. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery, breast surgery, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Guerrero is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital, a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Guerrero is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Breast Surgery, Wounds, Acid Reflux, Gallbladder Problems, Abdominal Surgery, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
2414 S Fairview Street; #112
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Mark Monroe's medical specialty is family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Monroe (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, biopsy, and hemorrhoids. Before performing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo, Dr. Monroe attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Biopsy, Hemorrhoids, Allergy Testing

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

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.

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