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We found 7 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept BlueOptions Essential Health S1400 near New Port Richey, FL.

Dr. Joseph Frederick Staffetti, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5622 Marine Parkway; Suite 14
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Staffetti is a gastroenterologist in New Port Richey, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Staffetti studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Roger Williams Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Staffetti speaks Italian.

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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. Dilip Vishwanath Ghanekar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5622 Marine Parkway; Suite 14
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Dilip Ghanekar works as a gastroenterologist. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ghanekar accepts. He attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Ghanekar (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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

Dr. Israel Crespo works as an adult gastroenterologist in New Port Richey, FL and Tampa, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Crespo's clinical interests include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and a graduate of William Beaumont Army Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Crespo speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

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

Dr. Curtis Paul Freedland, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5622 Marine Parkway; Suite 14
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Curtis Freedland's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Freedland accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital.

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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 general surgeon, vascular surgeon, and colon and rectal surgeon. His education and training includes medical school at Taipei Medical University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and residency at Union Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The average patient rating for Dr. Hu is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes 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: Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Melanoma, Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, ... (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 specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery and practices in New Port Richey, FL, Trinity, FL, and Tampa, FL. Before performing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Frattini attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Frattini average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Frattini 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.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Polyps, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Mastectomy, Colon Surgery, Ulcerative Colitis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Dwayne Ledesma sees patients in New Port Richey, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. His medical specialties are general surgery and vascular surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid cancer, crohn's disease, and thyroid surgery. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Ledesma performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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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.