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Dr. Jay Arthur Cherner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3330 Preston Ridge Road; Suite 220
Alpharetta, GA

Dr. Jay Cherner is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Alpharetta, GA, Cumming, GA, and Atlanta, GA. Dr. Cherner's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include heartburn, colon cancer, and hepatitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include WellStar and North Fulton Hospital. Dr. Cherner accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Secure Horizons, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colon Cancer, Hepatitis, Heartburn, Acid Reflux

Dr. Jason Alexander Petrofski, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1380 Upper Hembree Road
Roswell, GA

Dr. Jason Petrofski practices colon & rectal surgery in Cumming, GA and Roswell, GA. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Petrofski is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Petrofski's professional affiliations include North Fulton Hospital and Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, colon problems, hemorrhoids, chronic constipation, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory ... (Read more)

Dr. Chukwudi Uchegbu, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3005 Royal Boulevard South; Suite 220
Alpharetta, GA

Dr. Chukwudi Uchegbu is a general internist. His clinical interests include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and hypertension (high blood pressure). The average patient rating for Dr. Uchegbu is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Uchegbu honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at St. John's Episcopal Hospital, Dr. Uchegbu attended medical school at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences. Dr. Uchegbu (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Spalding Regional Hospital, WellStar, and North Fulton Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Hypertension, Gastrointestinal Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Mark Laban Gravlee, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
2500 Hospital Boulevard; Suite 420
Roswell, GA

Dr. Mark Gravlee specializes in general surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Gravlee a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: breast surgery, colon cancer, and breast issues. He is professionally affiliated with WellStar, Atlanta Medical Center, and North Fulton Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gravlee attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Breast Issues, Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Colon Cancer

Specializes in General Surgery
5755 N Point Parkway; Suite 98
Alpharetta, GA

Dr. Orreth Case's area of specialization is general surgery. After attending Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Case completed his residency training at Grady Memorial Hospital. He is especially interested in colorectal problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with North Fulton Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colorectal problems

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colorectal Problems

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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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