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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: , Crohn's disease

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

Dr. Joseph Frederick Staffetti, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10820 State Road 54; Suite 201
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Staffetti is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Trinity, FL and New Port Richey, FL. He is conversant in Italian. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Staffetti completed his residency training at Roger Williams Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Staffetti is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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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All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, Celiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Dilip V Ghanekar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10820 State Road 54; Suite 201
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Dilip Ghanekar sees patients in Trinity, FL and New Port Richey, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ghanekar graduated from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Ghanekar (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Ghanekar is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, Celiac ... (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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All Interests: Whipple Procedure, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Melanoma, Thyroid Surgery, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Jared Conte Frattini, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
2439 Country Place Boulevard; Suite 102
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Jared Frattini is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Frattini's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. Dr. Frattini is affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Polyps, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Mastectomy, Laparoscopic Colon ... (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

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Crohn's ... (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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All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Skin Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Laser Surgery, Abdominal Surgery, ... (Read more)

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.
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