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We found 11 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross PPO near Los Alamitos, CA.

Dr. Daniel Heberto Rodiles, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 302
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Rodiles practices adult gastroenterology in Los Alamitos, CA. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Rodiles's areas of expertise consist of colon problems, capsule endoscopy, and upper endoscopy. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rodiles (or staff) speaks Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. His professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colorectal problems, colon problems

All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Colon Problems, Capsule Endoscopy, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Songul Atay, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 107
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Songul Atay specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Los Alamitos, CA. Her clinical interests include diverticular disease, colonoscopy, and cirrhosis. She is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Atay takes. She graduated from Ege University. In addition to English, Dr. Atay (or staff) speaks Spanish and Turkish.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems

All Interests: Hepatitis, Nutrition Issues, Diverticular Disease, Cirrhosis, Colon Problems, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5471 La Palma Avenue; Suite 105
La Palma, CA
 

Dr. Norman Kuo is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kuo graduated from Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ). His training includes a residency program at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and colonoscopy. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kuo (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. His professional affiliations include Lakewood Hospital and Los Alamitos Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colonoscopy

Dr. Etsegenet Tefera Ayele, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5122 Katella Avenue; Suite 210
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Etsegenet Ayele's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Ayele's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Before completing her residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center, Dr. Ayele attended medical school at Minsk State Medical Institute. Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks the following languages: Amharic, Spanish, and German. Her professional affiliations include MemorialCare Health System, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Placentia-Linda Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Sports Health, Gastrointestinal Problems, Restylane, Diabetes, Arthritis, Thyroid Problems, Botox ... (Read more)

Dr. Imad Aldeen Muhammad Shbeeb, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
10931 Cherry Street; Suite 200
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Imad-Aldeen Shbeeb practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Shbeeb (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Shbeeb's clinical interests: diverticular disease, colectomy (colon resection), and anal cancer. His professional affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Los Alamitos Medical Center. Dr. Shbeeb's education and training includes medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and residency at Charleston Area Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Diverticular Disease, Colectomy, Colon Problems, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shyam Lal Dahiya, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
3650 South Street; Suite 412
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Shyam Dahiya is a general surgery specialist. Dr. Dahiya's clinical interests include colon cancer, gallbladder problems, and hernia. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Guru Nanak Dev University and Government Medical College, Patiala. His professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer, appendicitis

All Interests: Appendicitis, Diverticular Disease, Breast Surgery, Appendectomy, Wounds, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery
5122 Katella Avenue; Suite 220
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Denise Joseph-Brown is a specialist in general surgery. These areas are among Dr. Joseph-Brown's clinical interests: breast surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Dr. Joseph-Brown attended Howard University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Howard University Hospital for residency. Dr. Joseph-Brown (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center and Community Hospital Long Beach.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
10931 Cherry Street; Suite 200
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Reza Danesh sees patients in Hawthorne, CA and Los Alamitos, CA. His medical specialties are general practice and family medicine. Dr. Danesh (or staff) speaks Spanish, Persian, and Turkish. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hylaform, and ulcers. Dr. Danesh is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center. He graduated from Eugenio Maria de Hostos University and then he performed his residency at Sepulveda VA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The average patient rating for Dr. Danesh is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Danesh is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Sports Health, Botox Injection, Hylaform, Electrocardiogram, Acid Reflux, Restylane, Diabetes, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald C Holness, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
3801 Katella Avenue; Suite 420
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Holness is a general surgery specialist in Los Alamitos, CA. His clinical interests include diverticular disease, breast surgery, and colon cancer. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Holness attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Holness is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Community Hospital Long Beach.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer, appendicitis

All Interests: Appendicitis, Diverticular Disease, Breast Surgery, Appendectomy, Wounds, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Family Medicine
4856 Bellflower Boulevard
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Eric Chang's specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Chang include immunization (preventive vaccines), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and influenza (flu). His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chang is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He is conversant in Chinese. He is affiliated with Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Men's Health Issues, Nutrition Issues, Immunization, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5750 Downey Avenue; Suite 100
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Mansoor Shah practices general internal medicine. Dr. Shah has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include substance abuse, general care, and pulmonary function test (PFT). He is affiliated with Lakewood Regional Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Secure Horizons, and more. He graduated from King Edward Medical University. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Urdu, Filipino, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Bone Problems, Acid Reflux, Pulmonary Function Test, General Care

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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.