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We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Medigap Medicare Supplement Plans near Modesto, CA.

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

Dr. Raman Khehra's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Khehra's areas of expertise include general care. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. His medical residency was performed at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Khehra (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). His practice is open to new patients.

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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 sees patients in Modesto, CA. His medical specialty is vascular surgery. Dr. Davis's clinical interests include surgical procedures. The average patient rating for Dr. Davis is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, he performed his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Davis has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, anorectal problems, 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's specialties are vascular surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). In his practice, Dr. Gutowski focuses on surgical procedures. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gutowski honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Gutowski graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Gutowski (or staff) speaks Polish. In addition, he offers language support for patients who speak Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, anorectal problems, inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids

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

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

Dr. Refugio Gonzalez's specialty is surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include surgical procedures. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Gonzalez takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, Dr. Gonzalez speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , achalasia, anorectal problems, 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 is a Modesto, CA physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Shiba takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Shiba attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency 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.