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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise consist of hepatobiliary disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Nguyen has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Nguyen attended medical school at St. George's, University of London. He speaks Vietnamese. He is affiliated with 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's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. These areas are among Dr. Le's clinical interests: rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Le honors. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Le is conversant in Vietnamese. Dr. Le's professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He has an open panel.

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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 specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Francis attended Tulane University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Francis include minimally invasive surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Francis honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). She is open to 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's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Iqbal's clinical interests include gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), colectomy (colon resection), and hernia. He accepts Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of the Punjab and Allama Iqbal Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at The Brooklyn Hospital Center for residency. Dr. Iqbal (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Iqbal welcomes 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.