We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions near Wellington, FL.

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Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
205 South Moon; Suite 103
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College, Patiala and performed his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Narwal is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, celiac disease, encopresis, gastroparesis, malabsorption, gastritis, rectal prolapse, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mazen Kattih, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
276 S Moon Avenue
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Mazen Kattih specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Brandon, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital. Dr. Kattih is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kattih attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He is conversant in Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, colorectal problems, stomach problems, small intestine disorders

All Interests: Small Intestine Disorders, Esophagus Problems, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Colorectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Farooque Dastgir, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
876 South Parsons Avenue
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Farooque Dastgir works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Dastgir obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at Shands HealthCare. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Bay Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Acid Reflux

Dr. Joseph S Cody, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2020 Town Center Boulevard
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Cody is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Brandon, FL, Land O Lakes, FL, and Tampa, FL. His areas of clinical interest consist of interventional endoscopy and inflammatory bowel disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Cody studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Cody is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Pancreas Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Biliary Disorders

Dr. Evan K Tummel, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
602 Vonderburg Drive; Suite 101
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Evan Tummel's specialties are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). His clinical interests encompass breast cancer surgery. Dr. Tummel 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. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Tummel attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, liver cancer

All Interests: Liver Cancer, Consultation, Genetic Counseling, Esophageal Cancer, Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Drew Alan Rideout, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery
855 Parsons Avenue South
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Drew Rideout is a pediatric surgery specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL, Brandon, FL, and Bay Pines, FL. Dr. Rideout attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete Dr. Rideout's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Rideout is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rideout's professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Pancreatectomy, Pectus Excavatum, Cysts, Hernia Surgery, Abdominal Problems, Solid Tumor, Skin ... (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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