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We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept BlueOptions Essential Health S1400 near Hollywood, FL.

Dr. Mark Stephen Avila, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
21097 Ne 27 Court; Suite 100
Aventura, FL

Dr. Mark Avila works as a gastroenterologist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and hepatitis. Dr. Avila is affiliated with Doctors Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. He studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency training at Tucson Medical Center and Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program. Dr. Avila honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

Dr. Lina Maria Felipez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
20295 Ne 29 Place; #300
Aventura, FL

Dr. Lina Felipez's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. She is a graduate of Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. In her practice, Dr. Felipez focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Felipez accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Christopher John Gannon, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
1150 N 35th Avenue; Suite 300
Hollywood, FL

Dr. Christopher Gannon's specialty is surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Gannon's areas of expertise include the following: stomach cancer, liver cancer, and bile duct cancer. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hospital West and Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Skin Cancer, Stomach Cancer, Melanoma, Pancreatic Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cathy Anne Burnweit, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
21110 Biscayne Boulevard; Suite 201
Miami, FL

Dr. Cathy Burnweit is a pediatric surgeon. On average, patients gave Dr. Burnweit a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in thyroid problems, breast cancer, and hemorrhoids. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Harvard Medical School. She has received distinctions including South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Burnweit's hospital/clinic affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Tumor, Hemorrhoids, Gynecological Problems, Cancer, Breast Cancer

Dr. Joseph William Melendez-Davidson, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4651 Sheridan Street; Suite 350
Hollywood, FL

Dr. Joseph Melendez-Davidson is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. 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 graduated from Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Melendez-Davidson's residency was performed at Shands HealthCare and a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Dr. Melendez-Davidson speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , gastroparesis

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Surgical Procedures

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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.