We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Private Healthcare Systems near Los Alamitos, CA.

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

Dr. Songul Atay's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Atay studied medicine at Ege University. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diverticular disease, colonoscopy, and cirrhosis. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Atay (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Turkish. She is affiliated with 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)

Dr. Thai-Van Van X. Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 302
Los Alamitos, CA

Dr. Thai Nguyen is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in Los Alamitos, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Nguyen speaks Vietnamese. In her practice, she is particularly interested in esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colon problems, and capsule endoscopy. She is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Nguyen obtained her medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen honors.

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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
5750 Downey Avenue; Suite 303
Lakewood, CA

Dr. Conrad Cox's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Cox's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in ulcers and acid reflux (GERD). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Dr. Cox attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Cox is affiliated with PIH Health.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux, Liver Disease, Ulcers

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

Dr. Etsegenet Ayele is an internist in Los Alamitos, CA and Long Beach, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks Amharic, Spanish, and German. These areas are among Dr. Ayele's clinical interests: diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System. She is a graduate of Minsk State Medical Institute and a graduate of Helene Fuld Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Ayele is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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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 specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery and practices in Los Alamitos, CA. Dr. Shbeeb's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diverticular disease, colectomy (colon resection), and anal cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach. Dr. Shbeeb is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Charleston Area Medical Center for residency. Dr. Shbeeb (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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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
5122 Katella Avenue; Suite 220
Los Alamitos, CA

Dr. Denise Joseph-Brown is a physician who specializes in general surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Joseph-Brown average 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Joseph-Brown include breast surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Howard University Hospital, Dr. Joseph-Brown attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Joseph-Brown (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. She is affiliated with 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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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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