We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana Premier near Johns Creek, GA.

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

Dr. Jay Cherner is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He obtained his medical school training at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Cherner include heartburn, colon cancer, and hepatitis. On average, patients gave Dr. Cherner a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Secure Horizons, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cherner speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

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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. Steven Liu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
4310 Johns Creek Parkway; Suite 180
Johns Creek, GA

Dr. Steven Liu is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Atlanta, GA and Johns Creek, GA. He is affiliated with The Children's Care Network and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Liu is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopy

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

Dr. Chukwudi Uchegbu works as a general internist in Alpharetta, GA and Tucker, GA. Dr. Uchegbu graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Uchegbu completed a residency program at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Uchegbu include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and hypertension (high blood pressure). On average, patients gave Dr. Uchegbu a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Uchegbu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Russian. His professional affiliations include Spalding Regional Hospital and WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Hypertension, Gastrointestinal Problems, Diabetes

Specializes in General Surgery
5755 North Point Park; Suite 98
Alpharetta, GA

Dr. Orreth Case is a general surgery specialist in Alpharetta, GA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Case include colorectal problems. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Case graduated from Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Case completed his residency training at Grady Memorial Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with WellStar 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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