We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Gold HMO near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology
1600 S Andrews Avenue; West Wing
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Xaralambos Zervos is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology, transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Zervos include alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. Dr. Zervos 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. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. Dr. Zervos (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic, Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Angiosarcoma, Liver Tumor, Fibroma, Ascites, Sarcoidosis, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Hepatocellular ... (Read more)

Dr. Howard Israel Schwartz, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1400 E Oakland Park Boulevard; Suite 210
Oakland Park, FL
 

Dr. Howard Schwartz is an adult gastroenterologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: hepatitis, hemorrhoids, and smoking cessation. Dr. Schwartz accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Schwartz is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a graduate of Jackson Memorial Medical Center's residency program. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hemorrhoids, Hepatitis, Smoking Cessation

Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
1600 S Andrews Avenue; 1st Floor
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Andreas Tzakis' areas of specialization are general surgery and transplant surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Tzakis include polycystic kidney disease, liver tumor, and acute kidney injury (AKI). Dr. Tzakis is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing Dr. Tzakis's residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, the University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Tzakis attended medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Tzakis include: Cleveland Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Tzakis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Greek and French. Dr. Tzakis is affiliated with Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Angiosarcoma, Liver Tumor, Fibroma, Acute Kidney Injury, Cirrhosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Diego C Reino, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
1600 S Andrews Avenue; West Wing
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Diego Reino is a medical specialist in general surgery and transplant surgery. His education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. Dr. Reino accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Reino speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Liver Tumor, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
1600 S Andrews Avenue; West Wing
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Gabriel Schnickel is a general surgery and transplant surgery specialist. These areas are among Dr. Schnickel's clinical interests: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schnickel honors. Dr. Schnickel studied medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Liver Tumor, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney ... (Read more)

Specializes in Transplant Hepatology, Transplant Surgery, Adult Hepatology
1600 S Andrews Avenue; West Wing
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. John Rivas specializes in transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), transplant surgery, and adult hepatology. Before completing his residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida, Dr. Rivas attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. His clinical interests include alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Rivas's professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver cancer

All Interests: Angiosarcoma, Liver Tumor, Fibroma, Ascites, Sarcoidosis, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Hepatocellular ... (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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