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

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

Dr. Songul Atay's specialty is adult gastroenterology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diverticular disease, colonoscopy, and cirrhosis. Dr. Atay accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Ege University. Dr. Atay (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Turkish. Her professional affiliations include 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)

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

Dr. Thai-Van Nguyen is an adult gastroenterology specialist. These areas are among her clinical interests: colon problems, capsule endoscopy, and upper endoscopy (EGD). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Nguyen attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese. She is 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, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Conrad Anthony Cox, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5750 Downey Avenue; Suite 303
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Conrad Cox's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Cox at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass ulcers and acid reflux (GERD). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cox studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for his residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Cox is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, PIH Health, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ayele include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. Dr. Ayele's hospital/clinic affiliations include MemorialCare Health System, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Placentia-Linda Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She attended medical school at Minsk State Medical Institute. Dr. Ayele completed her residency training at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks the following languages: Amharic, Spanish, and German.

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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 attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Charleston Area Medical Center for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Shbeeb include diverticular disease, colectomy (colon resection), and inflammatory bowel disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Shbeeb average 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Shbeeb (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Los Alamitos Medical Center.

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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)

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

Dr. Denise Joseph-Brown works as a general surgeon in Los Alamitos, CA. She is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Howard University Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Joseph-Brown include breast surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Joseph-Brown takes. In addition to English, Dr. Joseph-Brown (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. Her professional 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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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.