We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Shield 65 Plus near Fountain Valley, CA.
Dr. Duke Nguyen is an adult gastroenterologist in Fountain Valley, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in hepatobiliary disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Nguyen honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nguyen attended St. George's, University of London for medical school and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He speaks Vietnamese. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). His practice is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Colorectal Cancer Risk Reduction, GERD, Hepatitis/ Chronic Hepatitis, Hepatobiliary Disease, ... (Read more)
Dr. Tam Le is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His clinical interests include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). Dr. Le has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Le's professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Le welcomes new patients.
Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach problems, inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, rectal problems
All Interests: Colon Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Cholecystectomy, Cholecystectomy Single Site, Colectomy, Hernia, Lower ... (Read more)
Dr. Kelly Francis works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Francis is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Francis attended Tulane University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional 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: Weight Management, Gastric Bypass Surgery, LAP-BAND System, Minimally Invasive Surgery, GERD, ... (Read more)
Dr. Atif Iqbal is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Iqbal's areas of expertise include gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy), colectomy (colon resection), and hernia. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of the Punjab and Allama Iqbal Medical College. His residency was performed at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Iqbal (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. His practice is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Weight Management, Cholecystectomy, Colectomy, Da Vinci Robotic Surgery, Hernia, Lower Anterior ... (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.