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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 302
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Rodiles' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colon problems, and capsule endoscopy. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Mercy Hospital, Dr. Rodiles attended the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Rodiles (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Dr. Rodiles is professionally affiliated with 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, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 107
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Songul Atay works as an adult gastroenterologist in Los Alamitos, CA. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diverticular disease, colonoscopy, and cirrhosis. Dr. Atay honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She attended medical school at Ege University. In addition to English, Dr. Atay (or staff) speaks Spanish and Turkish. She is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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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)

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

Dr. Norman Kuo is an adult gastroenterologist in La Palma, CA. Dr. Kuo (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and colonoscopy. He is affiliated with Lakewood Hospital and Los Alamitos Medical Center. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ). He trained at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital for residency. Dr. Kuo honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colonoscopy

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5122 Katella Avenue; Suite 210
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Etsegenet Ayele works as an internist. She studied medicine at Minsk State Medical Institute. For her residency, Dr. Ayele trained at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ayele include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ayele accepts. Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks the following languages: Amharic, Spanish, and German. Dr. Ayele is professionally affiliated with 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)

Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
10931 Cherry Street; Suite 200
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Imad-Aldeen Shbeeb is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist in Los Alamitos, CA. Dr. Shbeeb has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, colectomy (colon resection), and anal cancer. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Charleston Area Medical Center, Dr. Shbeeb attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Shbeeb (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish. He is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Los Alamitos Medical Center.

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

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

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
3650 South Street; Suite 412
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Shyam Dahiya's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Lakewood, CA. He studied medicine at Guru Nanak Dev University and Government Medical College, Patiala. For his professional training, Dr. Dahiya completed a residency program at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Dr. Dahiya's areas of expertise include colon cancer, sleeve gastrectomy, and gallbladder problems. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic 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, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Denise Joseph-Brown is a medical specialist in general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Joseph-Brown include breast surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Joseph-Brown is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Howard University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Howard University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Joseph-Brown (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. She is affiliated with 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)

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

Dr. Reza Danesh's specialties are general practice and family medicine. He practices in Hawthorne, CA and Los Alamitos, CA. Before completing his residency at Sepulveda VA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Danesh attended medical school at Eugenio Maria de Hostos University. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hylaform, and ulcers. Dr. Danesh has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Danesh (or staff) speaks Spanish, Persian, and Turkish. Dr. Danesh is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Specializes in Family Medicine
4856 Bellflower Boulevard
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Eric Chang's area of specialization is family medicine. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include immunization (preventive vaccines), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and influenza (flu). Dr. Chang is affiliated with Lakewood Regional Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He studied medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Chang speaks Chinese.

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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)

Specializes in General Surgery
3801 Katella Avenue; Suite 420
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Holness specializes in general surgery. He speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Holness's clinical interests: diverticular disease, breast surgery, and colon cancer. His professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center and Community Hospital Long Beach. He attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for his residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Holness honors.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer, appendicitis

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

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

Dr. Mansoor Shah works as a general internist in Lakewood, CA. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Filipino, and Spanish. He is especially interested in substance abuse, general care, and pulmonary function test (PFT). He is affiliated with Lakewood Regional Medical Center. He studied medicine at King Edward Medical University. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shah is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Secure Horizons, and more.

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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.

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