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We found 9 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept MultiPlan PPO near Elgin, IL.

Dr. Michele Ilyse Slogoff, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
87 North Airlite; Suite 150
Elgin, IL
 

Dr. Michele Slogoff, who practices in Elgin, IL and Geneva, IL, is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Slogoff's clinical interests include colorectal surgery procedures, hemorrhoids, and colorectal cancer. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Slogoff is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Laparoscopic Surgery, Hemorrhoids, Colorectal Cancer, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Raymond Rojas, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1124 Stearns Road
Bartlett, IL
 

Dr. Raymond Rojas works as a family medicine physician in Bartlett, IL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Rojas include heartburn, depression, and newborn care. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His training includes a residency program at MacNeal Hospital. Dr. Rojas has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rojas takes. Dr. Rojas has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Skin Issues, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Panic Disorder, ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter C Rantis Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
4885 Hoffman Boulevard; Suite 400
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Peter Rantis sees patients in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. His medical specialties are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among Dr. Rantis's clinical interests: groin hernia, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and rectal surgery. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Anorectal Surgery, Rectal Surgery, Colon Problems, Weight Loss, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Owen Woodard, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
820 Rt; 59 Ste A
Bartlett, IL
 

Dr. David Woodard's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He practices in Winfield, IL and Bartlett, IL. Dr. Woodard graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University and then he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: colorectal surgery procedures, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Woodard's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Breast Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Hernia Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul J Guske Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
4885 Hoffman Boulevard; Suite 400
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Paul Guske is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Guske include gastric bypass surgery, colon surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin and then he performed his residency at Chicago Medical School. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Guske is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gallbladder Problems, Hernia, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Colon Surgery, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew J Kramer, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
87 North Airlite; Suite 150
Elgin, IL
 

Dr. Andrew Kramer specializes in general surgery and practices in Geneva, IL and Elgin, IL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kramer include cancer surgery, breast surgery, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Kramer takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Workers' Compensation, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Kramer completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Kramer's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Gallbladder Problems, Hemorrhoids, Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Surgery, Breast ... (Read more)

James M Kane Jr.
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
4885 Hoffman Boulevard; Suite 400
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Mr. James Kane practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Mr. Kane's areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, gastric bypass surgery, and breast issues. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Aetna Medicare, and more. For his residency, Mr. Kane trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He has received the following distinction: US News Top Doctor. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Rectal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Neck Problems, Hernia, Gastric ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan W Wallace, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
4885 Hoffman Boulevard; Suite 400
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Jonathan Wallace's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wallace include colorectal problems, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and breast surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Dr. Wallace studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Wallace is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems

All Interests: Hyperhidrosis, Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Varicose Veins, Laparoscopic Surgery, Da Vinci ... (Read more)

Dr. Geeti Ghosh, MD
Specializes in Homeopathy, Neonatology
901 Center Street; Suite 209
Elgin, IL
 

Dr. Geeti Ghosh works as a homeopath and neonatologist in Elgin, IL and Hoffman Estates, IL. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ghosh has a special interest in sleep apnea, asthma, and hearing screening. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ghosh honors. She trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for her residency. Dr. Ghosh (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Ghosh is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Blood Tests, Allergies, Hearing Screening, Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea, Premature Babies, Attention ... (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.