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We found 9 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept BlueSelect Everyday Health 1464 near Trinity, FL.

Dr. Dilip Vishwanath Ghanekar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10820 State Road 54; Suite 201
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: , diverticular disease, duodenal ulcer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastric (stomach) ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, Celiac ... (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 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: , diverticular disease, duodenal ulcer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastric (stomach) ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, Celiac ... (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: , diverticular disease, duodenal ulcer, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, gastric (stomach) ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, Celiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Satish Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5340 Gulf Drive; Suite 105
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Satish Patel is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in New Port Richey, FL and Tampa, FL. Before completing his residency at Interfaith Medical Center, Dr. Patel attended medical school at S.N. Medical College, Agra. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include polypectomy (polyp removal), hemorrhoid banding, and hepatitis. His average patient rating is 3.0 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. Patel accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Upper Endoscopy, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Hemorrhoid Banding, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ayman Barakat, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
3611 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Ayman Barakat's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in Winter Haven, FL, Spring Hill, FL, and New Port Richey, FL. Dr. Barakat 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. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. In addition to English, Dr. Barakat (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Kidney Problems, Mediastinal Tumor, Ovarian Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer

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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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Skin Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Laser Surgery, Abdominal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mona Carol McCullough, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
1814 Wellness Lane
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Mona McCullough is a specialist in urogynecology. She works in New Port Richey, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. Her areas of expertise include pelvic reconstructive surgery. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. McCullough takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , constipation

All Interests: Cystoscopy, Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Prolapse, Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Hysterectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alene Jean Wright, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
9332 State Road; 54 Ste 400
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Alene Wright's medical specialty is general surgery. She is especially interested in breast surgery. Dr. Wright accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Creighton University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Abdominal Problems, Mastectomy, Hemorrhoids, Fine Needle Aspiration, ... (Read more)

Dr. Keith Gregory Chisholm, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
10751 Maple Creek Drive; Suite 103
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Keith Chisholm, who practices in Trinity, FL and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in general surgery. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Chisholm attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chisholm takes.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Esophagus Problems, Skin Issues, Soft Tissue Problems, ... (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.