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We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Shield 65 Plus near Fountain Valley, CA.

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

Dr. Duke Nguyen is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He attended St. George's, University of London and then went on to complete his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In his practice, he is particularly interested in hepatobiliary disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Nguyen has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is conversant in Vietnamese. Dr. Nguyen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He is accepting 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

Dr. Tam Huu Le, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
18111 Brookhurst Street; 2600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Tam Le is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His clinical interests include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). Patients gave Dr. Le an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Le attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He is conversant in Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 Ann M. Francis, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Kelly Francis' specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. After completing medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. These areas are among her clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Francis's average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Francis's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). Dr. Francis is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Weight Loss Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Atif Iqbal is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Iqbal has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), colectomy (colon resection), and hernia. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before performing his residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Dr. Iqbal attended the University of the Punjab and Allama Iqbal Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Iqbal (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Iqbal is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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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.