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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Luis Lara practices adult gastroenterology. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Lara's areas of expertise include the following: foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. For his residency, Dr. Lara trained at a hospital affiliated with Northeastern Ohio Universities. Dr. Lara has received distinctions including National Pancreas Foundation Travel Scholarship; Associates Council American College of Physicians, Ohio Chapter; and President of the Medical Student Council, EMIS-ITESM. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Lara's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic and Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Foreign Body Ingestion, Achalasia, Ascites, Bile Duct Stones, Sclerotherapy, Extrahepatic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Alison Schneider is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Schneider is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Schneider include cancer screening, polypectomy (polyp removal), and achalasia. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Ascites, Esophageal Manometry, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Steven Wexner is a specialist in colon & rectal surgery. He works in Weston, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wexner include stapled hemorrhoidopexy, rectal cancer, and female incontinence. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Wexner's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Executive Health: Top Docs, South Florida CEO Business; Boca Raton Super Doctors; and South Florida Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Hemorrhoidectomy, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Eric Weiss' medical specialty is colon & rectal surgery. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weiss include stapled hemorrhoidopexy, rectal cancer, and polypectomy (polyp removal). Dr. Weiss is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and a graduate of Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia's residency program. Dr. Weiss has received professional recognition including the following: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Colectomy, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Ukleja is an adult gastroenterology specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include achalasia, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and celiac disease. Dr. Ukleja is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ukleja takes. Dr. Ukleja studied medicine at Medical University of Lodz. He trained at Beaumont Hospitals for his residency. He has received the distinction of America's Top Doctors (Castle Connolly Ltd. Peer Nomination). In addition to English, he speaks Polish.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Bleeding, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Castro is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Castro's clinical interests include foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 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. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. In addition to English, Dr. Castro speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Foreign Body Ingestion, Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Ascites, Cirrhosis, Rectal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Lester Rosen is a colon and rectal surgeon in West Palm Beach, FL and Weston, FL. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include female incontinence, polypectomy (polyp removal), and hemorrhoid banding. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rosen takes. He attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Rosen completed a residency program at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Rosen include: Rectal Surgery 1996 - Robert Beart MD Inaugural Award and Best Doctors "Northeast" - South Florida. In addition to English, Dr. Rosen speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Anoscopy, Hemorrhoidectomy, Incontinence, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fecal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Dana Sands' area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Sands is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Sands's clinical interests: rectal cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and crohn's disease. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Sands attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sands include: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Colectomy, Fecal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Giovanna Da Silva Southwick's medical specialty is colon & rectal surgery. She is rated highly by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Da Silva Southwick include rectal cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and crohn's disease. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Da Silva Southwick accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Maimonides Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Juan Nogueras practices colon & rectal surgery in Weston, FL. Dr. Nogueras speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: stapled hemorrhoidopexy, rectal cancer, and polypectomy (polyp removal). He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Nogueras has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nogueras accepts. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and South Florida's Most Highly Regarded Physicians, Miami Metro magazine, Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd..

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Sacral Nerve Stimulation, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Clevaland Clinic Florida Department of Gastroenterology
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Ronnie Pimentel is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include esophageal varices, crohn's disease, and pancreatitis. The average patient rating for Dr. Pimentel is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pimentel is in-network for 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 National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. Dr. Pimentel trained at Cleveland Clinic for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Olympus Advanced Endoscopy Scholarship. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Pimentel is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Bile Duct Stones, Sclerotherapy, Extrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Pyloric ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Roger Charles is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Charles include achalasia, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and crohn's disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Charles takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Charles graduated from the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. His residency was performed at Cleveland Clinic. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Bleeding, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Nicole Palekar's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Palekar's areas of expertise include the following: percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Palekar graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Palekar trained at Wilford Hall Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Bleeding, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Tolga Erim is a general internist in Weston, FL. He is conversant in Turkish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Erim include cancer screening, polypectomy (polyp removal), and colon polyps. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Erim completed a residency program at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Erim 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. His distinctions include: Outstanding Chief Resident Award; Best Teaching Resident Award; and Florida ACP Outstanding Resident for Excellence in Internal Medicine Award.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Bile Duct Stones, Extrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Pyloric ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. David Maron practices surgery in Weston, FL. These areas are among Dr. Maron's clinical interests: stapled hemorrhoidopexy, rectal cancer, and polypectomy (polyp removal). He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Before completing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals and Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Maron attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease

All Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, Colectomy, Laparoscopic ... (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.
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