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We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept BlueOptions Essential Health S1401 near Hudson, FL.

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Hemant Nathubhai Shah MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
11906 Oak Trail Way
Port Richey, FL
(727) 849-6850; (727) 868-6762

Dr. Hemant Shah specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Holiday, FL, Port Richey, FL, and Tampa, FL. After attending Government Medical College for medical school, Dr. Shah completed his residency training at Lutheran Medical Center. He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Biopsies, Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Carotid Ultrasounds, Ekg (Electrocardiogram), Depression, ... (Read more)

Jared Conte Frattini MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery, General Surgery
7463 State Road 52
Hudson, FL
(727) 845-1662; (727) 862-0955

Dr. Jared Frattini is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Frattini is 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. Frattini accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Abdominal Hernia, Colorectal Cancer, Gall Bladder Conditions, Colorectal Polyps, Pilonidal Cysts, ... (Read more)

Dr. Arthur L Verga MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery, General Surgery
7543 Medical Drive
Hudson, FL
(727) 868-7800

Dr. Arthur Verga specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery and practices in Hudson, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Verga attended Kasturba Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Booth Memorial Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Verga include breast biopsy, colorectal surgery procedures, and bypass surgery. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Verga takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, colon polyps, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Colon and Rectal Cancer, Diverticulitis, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Colon Polyps, ... (Read more)

Mukeshkumar Ishwarbhai Patel MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
13906 Lakeshore Boulevard; Suite 330
Hudson, FL
(727) 863-7000

Dr. Mukeshkumar Patel's specialty is general internal medicine. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel attended Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at New York Hospital Queens and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College.

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

All Interests: Alcoholism, Asthma, Congestive Heart Failure, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, Depression, Diabetes, EKG ... (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.