We found 5 gastroenterologists who accept United Healthcare Navigate near Sebring, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7441 Us Highway 27 N
Sebring, FL
 

Dr. Bahram Ahmadi is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University for residency. Dr. Ahmadi (or staff) speaks the following languages: German, Persian, and Turkish.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
103 Medical Center Avenue
Sebring, FL
 

Dr. Francesco Ferretti, who practices in Sebring, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. Ferretti is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3581 S Highlands Avenue
Sebring, FL
 

Dr. Vinod Thakkar practices adult gastroenterology in Sebring, FL. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Thakkar is an in-network provider for 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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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Alt Us Hwy 27 S; Suite A
Sebring, FL
 

Dr. Sedat Ekici is a Sebring, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3581 S Highlands Avenue
Sebring, FL
 

Dr. Pankaj Patel is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. 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.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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