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Dr. Kalyani Gaddipati, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
917 Rinehart Road; Suite 2051
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Kalyani Gaddipati is an adult gastroenterology specialist. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Gaddipati is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Gaddipati's education and training includes medical school at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Gaddipati (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and French.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, indigestion, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, vomiting, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colorectal cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticular disease, heartburn, duodenal ulcer, esophageal ulcer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, bowel obstruction, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Esophageal Ulcer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Felix Angel Navarro Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1403 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 206
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Felix Navarro's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patients gave Dr. Navarro an average rating of 3.5 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. After completing medical school at the University of Granada Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at VA Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, indigestion, pyloric stenosis, Crohn's disease, vomiting, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colorectal cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diverticular disease, heartburn, duodenal ulcer, esophageal ulcer, stomach cancer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, bowel obstruction, malabsorption, acid reflux (GERD), rectal bleeding

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Rectal Bleeding, Pyloric Stenosis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lenkala Reddy Mallaiah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
311 North Mangoustine Avenue
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Lenkala Mallaiah sees patients in Sanford, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Mallaiah average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. He 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 Osmania University.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, acid reflux (GERD), constipation, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Rectal Bleeding, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, ERCP, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid ... (Read more)

Dr. Neeraj Sharma, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Other, Hematology
2100 West 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Neeraj Sharma's areas of specialization are oncology (cancer care) and hematology (blood disorders); he sees patients in Orange City, FL, Sanford, FL, and Deland, FL. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Sharma takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Indira Gandhi Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: PET Scan, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kottapurath Kochumohammed Kunjumoideen, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
917 Rinehart Road; Suite 2041
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Kottapurath Kunjumoideen practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. After completing medical school at Calicut Medical College, R.G. Kar Medical College & Hospital, and the University of Calcutta, he performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Kunjumoideen is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, stomach problems, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Liver Cancer, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Bhanu Visvalingam, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2100 W 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Bhanu Visvalingam's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology; he sees patients in Orange City, FL, Sanford, FL, and Deland, FL. Dr. Visvalingam is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Winthrop University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: PET Scan, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory L Ortega, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2100 W 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Gregory Ortega, who practices in Orange City, FL, Sanford, FL, and Deland, FL, is a medical specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. In addition to English, Dr. Ortega speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital. He attended medical school at National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Dr. Ortega's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. 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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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: PET Scan, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Santosh Mohandas Nair, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2100 W 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Santosh Nair specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Nair is affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Nair attended Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute and the University of Madras for medical school. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, stomach problems, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: PET Scan, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Skin Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lynn Van Van Ummersen, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
917 Rinehart Road; Suite 2041
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Lynn Ummersen is a specialist in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). She is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ummersen graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Ummersen trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, stomach problems, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Liver Cancer, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Gallbladder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Franklin Delano Clontz II, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
200 N Mangoustine Avenue
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Franklin Clontz is a general surgery specialist in Sanford, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Clontz is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Clontz graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for his residency. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach problems, Crohn's disease, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, bowel obstruction, anorectal abscess

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Umbilical Hernia, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged ... (Read more)

Dr. Maneesh Gossain, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2200 W 1st Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Maneesh Gossain, who practices in Sanford, FL and Orlando, FL, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Gossain attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, stomach problems, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Retinoblastoma, Brain Cancer, Larynx Cancer, Liver Cancer, Oral Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Soft Tissue ... (Read more)

Dr. Seema Harichand-Herdt, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2100 West First Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Seema Harichand's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. She 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. Harichand graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for her residency. Dr. Harichand is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach problems, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Kaposi's Sarcoma, Sickle Cell Disease, Larynx Cancer, Liver Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (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.

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