We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana Bronze HMO near Decatur, GA.

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Dr. Jay Arthur Cherner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3491 Buckhead Loop
Atlanta, 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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2665 N Decatur Road; Suite 350
Decatur, GA
 

Dr. Tommie Haywood's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Haywood performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is professionally affiliated with Atlanta Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer

Dr. Chukwudi Uchegbu, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1350 Montreal Road; Suite 200
Tucker, 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. Clarence R Hixon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
285 Boulevard, Ne; Suite 440
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Clarence Hixon is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in Atlanta, GA. He is a graduate of Meharry Medical College and a graduate of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's residency program. Dr. Hixon is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Workers' Compensation, and more. He is professionally affiliated with WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
315 Boulevard Ne; Suite 224
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Titus Duncan's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Atlanta, GA. Patient ratings for Dr. Duncan average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Duncan include heartburn, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Duncan is professionally affiliated with Atlanta Medical Center. Dr. Duncan accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. His residency was performed at Atlanta Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Heartburn, Laparoscopic Surgery, Acid Reflux

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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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