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We found 11 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Gold Navigate 1500 near Clearwater, FL.

Dr. Satinderpal Singh Sondhi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite F-1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Satinderpal Sondhi practices adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. In Dr. Sondhi's practice, he is particularly interested in hemorrhoid banding, hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at India. Dr. Sondhi has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hemorrhoid Banding, Endoscopy, Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mihir Bhagwanji Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1300 S Fort Harrison Avenue; Suite 100
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mihir Patel's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. Dr. Patel's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatitis, and colonoscopy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Colonoscopy

Dr. David Scott Borislow, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1260 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue; Suite E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. David Borislow is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass colposcopy, hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Before performing his residency at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Borislow attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Borislow takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Colposcopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hepatitis, Constipation

Dr. Michael Stenzel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Michael Stenzel sees patients in Largo, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Stenzel speaks German. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stenzel include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic. He attended Heidelberg University for medical school and subsequently trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Elmhurst Hospital Center for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Louis Aviles, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 102
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Louis Aviles is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Aviles is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Aviles trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux

Dr. Kirti Kumar Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 West Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel specializes in anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Largo, FL. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Patel obtained his medical school training at Medical College Baroda and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein's specialty is family medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Finkelstein is a graduate of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Finkelstein is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Henry Kurusz III, MD
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
18167 Us Highway 19 North; Suite 650
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Henry Kurusz's medical specialty is emergency medicine. Dr. Kurusz graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. He trained at LeHigh Valley Hospital Network for his residency. He is in-network for United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare Navigate, Most Insurance Plans, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Nail Avulsion Procedure, Tube Thoracostomy, Nail Trephination, Electrocardiogram, Foreign Body ... (Read more)

Dr. Beth Harper Nealon, MD
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
300 Pinellas Street; Ms 36
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Beth Ellis works as an emergency medicine specialist. She is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. Dr. Ellis takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare Navigate, and Most Insurance Plans. After attending Eastern Virginia Medical School, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Nail Avulsion Procedure, Tube Thoracostomy, Nail Trephination, Electrocardiogram, Foreign Body ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Massey Selph, MD
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
18167 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 650
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Scott Selph, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in emergency medicine. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare Navigate, and Most Insurance Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Selph attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Selph has received the distinction of Chief Resident, Duke Emergency Medicine Residency.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Nail Avulsion Procedure, Tube Thoracostomy, Nail Trephination, Electrocardiogram, Foreign Body ... (Read more)

Dr. Sebastian M Tas, DO
Specializes in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Wound Care
1258 W Bay Drive; Suite E
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Sebastian Tas is a specialist in undersea and hyperbaric medicine, general surgery, and bariatric surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Dr. Tas takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Largo Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, Obesity, Hernia, Breast Surgery, Breast Issues, Colon ... (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.