We found 8 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Essential near Land O Lakes, FL.
Dr. Dennis Feldman's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Feldman include inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Feldman is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer Screening
Dr. Joseph Cody is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in interventional endoscopy and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Cody takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.
Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease
All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Pancreas Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Biliary Disorders
Dr. Pritesh Patel is an internist and geriatrician in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Patel average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Patel attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Patel completed a residency program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi.
Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)
Dr. Samantha Lindsay's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Lindsay obtained her medical school training at Ross University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.
Relevant Interests: , heartburn, acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Issues, Bursitis, Family Planning, Burns, ... (Read more)
Dr. Richard McDonough is a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Dade City, FL, Zephyrhills, FL, and Land O Lakes, FL. Dr. McDonough has a special interest in palliative care, lymphoma, and research. His professional affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic and Bayfront Health Dade City. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. McDonough studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
Relevant Interests: , colon problems
All Interests: Research, Lung Problems, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Breast Issues, Colon Problems, Palliative Care
Dr. Tarak Choksi practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. Dr. Choksi (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Choksi include diabetes, obesity, and heart problems. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Choksi attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. He completed his residency training at New York Methodist Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.
Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Skin Issues, Hernia, Echocardiogram, Acid Reflux
Dr. Samina Reza is an adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders) specialist in Zephyrhills, FL, Dade City, FL, and Land O Lakes, FL. She has a special interest in lymphoma. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reza takes. Dr. Reza is a graduate of Sindh Medical College and a graduate of John Stroger Hospital of Cook County's residency program. Dr. Reza's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital North, and Florida Medical Clinic.
Relevant Interests: , colon problems
All Interests: Lung Problems, Lymphoma, Breast Issues, Colon Problems
Dr. Christine Simone sees patients in Land O Lakes, FL, Zephyrhills, FL, and Dade City, FL. Her medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Simone's areas of expertise include lymphoma and cancer survivorship. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic and Bayfront Health Dade City. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)
All Interests: Breast Issues, Cancer Survivorship, Gastrointestinal Problems, Lymphoma, Deep Vein Thrombosis
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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.