We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Shield 65 Plus near Fountain Valley, CA.
Dr. Duke Nguyen's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include hepatobiliary disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Nguyen is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Nguyen takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His practice is open to new patients. He graduated from St. George's, University of London. For his professional training, Dr. Nguyen completed residency programs at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He speaks Vietnamese.
Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hepatitis, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer
Dr. Tam Le's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He practices in Fountain Valley, CA. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Le's areas of expertise include the following: rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Le's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. In addition to English, he speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Le's hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). His practice is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach problems, inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, rectal problems
All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colectomy, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)
Dr. Kelly Francis is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. These areas are among her clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients gave Dr. Francis an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Francis is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for her residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Francis's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). She is accepting new patients.
Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Weight Loss Surgery, ... (Read more)
Dr. Atif Iqbal is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in Fountain Valley, CA. After completing medical school at the University of the Punjab and Allama Iqbal Medical College, he performed his residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Iqbal's areas of expertise include gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), colectomy (colon resection), and hernia. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Iqbal (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He has an open panel.
Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Colectomy, Fundoplication, Nissen Fundoplication, Weight Management, Da Vinci Surgery, Acid Reflux, ... (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.