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 is a physician who specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among her clinical interests: colorectal surgery procedures, hemorrhoids, and colorectal cancer. Dr. Slogoff is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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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 practice physician. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, depression, and newborn care. Dr. Rojas accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at MacNeal Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Rojas speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rojas's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn

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

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

Dr. David Woodard is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Winfield, IL and Bartlett, IL. His clinical interests include colorectal surgery procedures, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Woodard's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Before completing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Woodard attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Breast Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Hernia Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Laparoscopic ... (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' areas of specialization are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: groin hernia, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and rectal surgery. Dr. Rantis is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rantis accepts. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

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

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

Dr. Andrew Kramer works as a general surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kramer include cancer surgery, breast surgery, and gallbladder problems. Patients gave Dr. Kramer an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Workers' Compensation, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Kramer attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Kramer is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. His 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)

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

Dr. James Kane practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Clinical interests for Dr. Kane include thyroid problems, gastric bypass surgery, and breast issues. Dr. Kane is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kane 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. Paul J Guske Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
4885 Hoffman Boulevard; Suite 400
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Paul Guske's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. 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 accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Guske attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. His medical residency was performed at Chicago Medical School. Dr. Guske speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gallbladder Problems, Hernia, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Colon Surgery, Thyroid ... (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 is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. His clinical interests include colorectal problems, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and breast surgery. Dr. Wallace is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). His education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. The average patient rating for Dr. Wallace is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to 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's specialties are homeopathy and neonatology. She practices in Elgin, IL and Hoffman Estates, IL. For her residency, Dr. Ghosh trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. These areas are among Dr. Ghosh's clinical interests: sleep apnea, asthma, and hearing screening. Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ghosh takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Ghosh (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Hindi. She is 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.

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