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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 works as an adult gastroenterologist in Los Alamitos, CA. She is especially interested in diverticular disease, colonoscopy, and cirrhosis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Atay honors. Dr. Atay studied medicine at Ege University. Dr. Atay (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Turkish. Dr. Atay's 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 Nguyen is a gastroenterologist. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, Dr. Nguyen completed her residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her areas of clinical interest consist of colon problems, capsule endoscopy, and upper endoscopy (EGD). She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Nguyen's hospital/clinic 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. Conrad Anthony Cox, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5750 Downey Avenue; Suite 303
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Conrad Cox specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Lakewood, CA. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Cox's medical residency was performed at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers and acid reflux (GERD). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cox honors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 and practices in Los Alamitos, CA and Long Beach, CA. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ayele at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ayele include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thyroid problems. She is professionally affiliated with MemorialCare Health System, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Placentia-Linda Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ayele accepts. She studied medicine at Minsk State Medical Institute. She trained at Helene Fuld Medical Center for residency. Dr. Ayele (or staff) speaks Amharic, Spanish, and German.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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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, who practices in Los Alamitos, CA, is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Shbeeb include diverticular disease, colectomy (colon resection), and inflammatory bowel disease. Patient reviews placed Dr. Shbeeb at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Charleston Area Medical Center. Dr. Shbeeb (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Shbeeb's 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 practices general surgery in Los Alamitos, CA. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Joseph-Brown include breast surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Joseph-Brown is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Community Hospital Long Beach. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. She graduated from Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Joseph-Brown completed her residency training at Howard University Hospital. She is conversant in Spanish.

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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.