We found 3 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Health Net near San Pablo, CA.
Dr. Mark Kogan's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kogan's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Kogan obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heartburn, colorectal problems, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, small intestine disorders, acid reflux (GERD), colitis
All Interests: Colorectal cancer screening, Colorectal neoplasia, Crohn's disease, Early gastrointestinal cancers, ... (Read more)
Dr. Kiran Narsinh specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system) and practices in San Pablo, CA and Berkeley, CA. Dr. Narsinh (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Narsinh include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Narsinh trained at California Hospital Medical Center for her residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Narsinh takes. She is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, heartburn, colorectal problems, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, chronic constipation, acid reflux (GERD), colitis
All Interests: Acid reflux, Autoimmune hepatitis, Autoimmune liver disease, Bacterial overgrowth, Barrett's ... (Read more)
Dr. Frank Santoli is a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in Pinole, CA, Emeryville, CA, and Dublin, CA. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Santoli's areas of expertise include blood disorders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and St. Rose Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He has an open panel. Dr. Santoli obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer
All Interests: Brain tumors, Breast cancer, Clinical trials and research, Colon cancer, Gynecologic cancer, ... (Read more)
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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.