We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna POS near Modesto, CA.

Dr. Raman Deep Khehra, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Raman Khehra's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Khehra (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. Dr. Khehra's clinical interests include general care. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). For his professional training, Dr. Khehra completed a residency program at Allegheny General Hospital. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, colorectal cancer

All Interests: General Care, Celiac Disease, Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Timothy Alan Davis, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Timothy Davis' medical specialty is vascular surgery. His areas of expertise include surgical procedures. Patient ratings for Dr. Davis average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Davis is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Davis trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Dr. Davis is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Davis's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, anal fissures, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Achalasia, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Spider Veins, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Tomasz D Gutowski, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Surgical Oncology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Tomasz Gutowski is a physician who specializes in vascular surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gutowski include surgical procedures. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Gutowski honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Gutowski (or staff) speaks Polish. He also offers interpreting services for Spanish-speaking patients. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Gutowski welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, inflammatory bowel disease, anal cancer, anal fissures, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Achalasia, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Whipple Procedure, Lymphadenectomy, Sclerotherapy, Heller ... (Read more)

Dr. Refugio Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in Surgery
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Refugio Gonzalez practices surgery. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Gonzalez's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In his practice, he is particularly interested in surgical procedures. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gonzalez takes. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, anal fissures, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Achalasia, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Lymphadenectomy, Incisional Hernia, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. David A Shiba, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. David Shiba practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology in Modesto, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shiba's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Shiba attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Immunotherapy, Gynecologic Cancer, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Sarcoma, ... (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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