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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Wajahat Mehal is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Mehal include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and liver disease. Dr. Mehal's professional affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Griffin Hospital, and Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at Oxford University Medical School, he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mehal accepts. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
5520 Park Avenue; Suite Mg-600
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Dinesh Pashankar is a pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine) specialist in Trumbull, CT and New Haven, CT. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Pashankar is a graduate of B.J. Medical College, Pune and a graduate of Sassoon General Hospital's residency program. Dr. Pashankar (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi and Hindi. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, encopresis, constipation, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Nutrition Counseling, Crohn's Disease, Encopresis, Constipation, Acid Reflux

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Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
4641 Main Street; Suite 1
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Alan Nelson practices gastroenterology (digestive system). He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Nelson attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Nelson's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, colon cancer, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Diagnostic Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Ramnath Hebbar practices adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of J.J.M. Medical College and a graduate of MetroHealth Medical Center's residency program. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hebbar is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Gastroenterology
4641 Main Street; Suite 1
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Nicholas Lillo's area of specialization is gastroenterology (digestive system). He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts Great-West Healthcare, Guardian, MultiPlan, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lillo's office for an appointment. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Lillo trained at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Colonoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
4675 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Edward Lane's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lane is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Lane (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Lane is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Tinnitus, Tumor, Hearing Evaluation, Dizziness, Allergies, Nose Reconstruction, Balance Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Frank Christopher Detterbeck, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5520 Park Avenue; Suite 1-200
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Frank Detterbeck practices general surgery and thoracic surgery in New Haven, CT and Trumbull, CT. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Detterbeck's education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Dr. Detterbeck (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German and French. Dr. Detterbeck's hospital/clinic affiliations include Yale New Haven Health System and Bristol Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Lung Cancer Surgery, Bronchoscopy, Hiatal Hernia, Sarcoma, Esophagectomy, Myasthenia Gravis, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert S Folman, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
111 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Robert Folman works as an oncologist and medical oncologist in Trumboll, CT, Trumbull, CT, and New Haven, CT. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Folman speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems, stomach cancer

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Colorectal Problems, Lung Cancer, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Obstetrics, Urogynecology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Richard Bercik's medical specialty is obstetrics and urogynecology. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bercik honors. He graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Bercik's medical residency was performed at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , fecal incontinence

All Interests: Cystocele, Urinary Incontinence, Vaginal Prolapse, Fecal Incontinence, Interstitial Cystitis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Sajid Khan sees patients in New Haven, CT, Trumbull, CT, and Bridgeport, CT. His medical specialties are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Khan is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Khan is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Liver Tumor, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Pancreatic Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
2000 Post Road; Suite 101
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Andrew Duffy specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Duffy is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Duffy performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, achalasia, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, gastroparesis

All Interests: Achalasia, Diverticular Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastroparesis, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
5520 Park Avenue; Suite Mg-600
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. David Stitelman's specialties are pediatric surgery and general surgery. He practices in New Haven, CT, Trumbull, CT, and Greenwich, CT. He trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for his residency. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stitelman takes. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Pancreatic Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Endocrine Cancer, Minimally ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pathology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Liming Hao's specialty is pathology. She graduated from Peking University Health Science Center. For her professional training, Dr. Hao completed a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hao include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Hao is conversant in Chinese. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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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.