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Dr. Maxwell Rent, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5425 Water Street
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Maxwell Rent specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in New Port Richey, FL. His clinical interests include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and esophageal dilation. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System. Dr. Rent is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Mysore Medical College and Kasturba Medical College, Dr. Rent performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Rent (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Curtis Paul Freedland, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10820 State Road; 54 Ste 201
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Curtis Freedland's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Freedland is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, duodenal ulcer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastric (stomach) ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, Celiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Jigneshkumar Babubhai Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1818 Short Branch Drive; Suite 102
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Jigneshkumar Patel practices adult gastroenterology in Trinity, FL and New Port Richey, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. He is affiliated with BayCare Health System. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Patel takes 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: , indigestion, diverticular disease, heartburn, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Pancreatitis, Ulcers, Swallowing ... (Read more)

Dr. Ernest L Digiovanni, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10820 State Road; 54 Ste 201
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Ernest Digiovanni is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in New Port Richey, FL, Trinity, FL, and Largo, FL. Dr. Digiovanni studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Largo Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center, BayCare Health System, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids, chronic constipation, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Feeding Tube Insertion, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Enteroscopy, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid ... (Read more)

Dr. Israel Crespo, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3633 Little Road; Suite 104
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Israel Crespo sees patients in New Port Richey, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Crespo's areas of expertise include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Crespo takes. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His residency was performed at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Crespo speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, colon polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Satish Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5340 Gulf Drive; Suite 105
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Satish Patel practices adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), polypectomy (polyp removal), and hemorrhoid banding. He is affiliated with BayCare Health System. He obtained his medical school training at S.N. Medical College, Agra and performed his residency at Interfaith Medical Center. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Patel honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hemorrhoid Banding, Pancreatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mona Carol McCullough, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
1814 Wellness Lane; Building #4
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Mona McCullough's area of specialization is urogynecology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. McCullough include pelvic reconstructive surgery. Dr. McCullough is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. McCullough attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McCullough takes. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Cystoscopy, Sacrocolpopexy, Urinary Incontinence, Vaginal Atrophy, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pelvic ... (Read more)

Dr. Dwayne Felix Ledesma, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other
8141 Bellarus Way; Suite 102
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Dwayne Ledesma is a general surgery and vascular surgery specialist in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Ledesma trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid cancer, crohn's disease, and thyroid surgery. Dr. Ledesma is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Skin Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Laser Surgery, Abdominal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alene Jean Wright, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
9332 State Road; 54 Ste 400
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Alene Wright works as a general surgeon. She obtained her medical school training at Creighton University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. Her clinical interests encompass breast surgery. Dr. Wright takes 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: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Breast Biopsy, Abdominal Problems, Mastectomy, Hemorrhoids, Amputation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pritesh Nandu Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1838 Healthcare Drive; Building 2 Unit 2
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Pritesh Patel's medical specialty is general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). After attending Ross University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Patel average 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel honors. Dr. Patel has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jayadeva Chowdappa, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
3535 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Jayadeva Chowdappa's specialty is general internal medicine. His professional affiliations include Apollo Medical Center and BayCare Health System. He attended medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. Dr. Chowdappa trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency. He accepts 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: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Obesity, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. John Dean Ibrahim, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8215 State Road 54
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. John Ibrahim works as a family practitioner in New Port Richey, FL. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Ibrahim attended medical school at Medical University of the Americas. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Sports Health, Diabetes Management, Immunization, Bronchitis, Contraception, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shiv Kumar Aggarwal, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5522 Trouble Creek Road; Suite 100
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Shiv Aggarwal's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Patients gave Dr. Aggarwal an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Aggarwal include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and biofeedback. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Aggarwal studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Aggarwal (or staff) speaks Greek, Polish, and Hindi. Dr. Aggarwal is affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Incontinence, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chen-Sien Hu, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
3633 Little Road; Suite 104
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Chen-Sien Hu is a specialist in general surgery, vascular surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Union Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Hu attended Taipei Medical University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Whipple Procedure, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Melanoma, Thyroid Surgery, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Renjitha Tom Ignatius, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
3611 Little Road
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Renjitha Ignatius practices adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Before performing her residency at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Ignatius attended Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram for medical school. Dr. Ignatius 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. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital - South, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Intrathecal Chemotherapy, Bleeding, Brain Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Problems, Leukemia, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey M Davis, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Adolescent Medicine
4642 Darlington Road
Holiday, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Davis, who practices in Holiday, FL, is a medical specialist in adolescent medicine. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Davis trained at Monmouth Medical Center for his residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Davis average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Parkinson's Disease, Hypertension, ... (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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