We found 11 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept HealthSmart near Elk Grove Village, IL.

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Dr. Catherine Jane Hunter, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
800 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Catherine Hunter is a medical specialist in pediatric general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hunter include minimally invasive surgery, stomach surgery, and pectus excavatum. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Hunter's medical residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Abdominal Problems, Acid Reflux, Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lee Michael Bass, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
880 W. Central Road; Suite 6400
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Lee Bass practices pediatric gastroenterology in Northbrook, IL, Glenview, IL, and Chicago, IL. He obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bass include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bass is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
701 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran practices pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics in Park Ridge, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Maywood, IL. Dr. Gunasekaran studied medicine at Madras Medical College. He trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Gunasekaran has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux

Dr. Amir F Kagalwalla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
880 W. Central Road, Suite 6400; Box 77
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Kagalwalla attended Grant Medical College for medical school. His clinical interests include heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kagalwalla is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Saint Anthony Hospital (Chicago), and Cook County Health & Hospitals System. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Colitis, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Anthony Lagattuta Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
303 E Army Trl Road; Suite 203
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Lagattuta sees patients in Bloomingdale, IL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lagattuta include pancreas problems, gastroscopy, and celiac disease. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Lagattuta's residency was performed at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Dr. Utpal Paul Parekh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1845 W Army Trail Road
Addison, IL
 

Dr. Utpal Parekh is an Addison, IL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at Maricopa Medical Center, Dr. Parekh attended medical school at Medical College and Hospital Kolkata. Areas of expertise for Dr. Parekh include esophageal cancer, hepatitis, and hemorrhoid banding. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. Dr. Parekh (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Parekh's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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All Interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Hemorrhoid Banding, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bradley D Shapiro, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 705b, Eberle Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Bradley Shapiro is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. Dr. Shapiro's education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at Rush University Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shapiro accepts. Dr. Shapiro is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hemorrhoid Banding, Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1845 W Army Trail Road
Addison, IL
 

Dr. John Moran works as a gastroenterologist. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and gastroscopy. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Moran performed his residency at Ball Memorial Hospital. Dr. Moran is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Liver Biopsy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Colonoscopy, Barrett's ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian J Muska, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 705b, Eberle Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Brian Muska's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and colonoscopy. Dr. Muska's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Muska has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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All Interests: Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. Asad S Aziz, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 705b, Eberle Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Asad Aziz is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Aziz include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Aziz attended Midwestern University for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Aziz (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Aziz is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hemorrhoid Banding, Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Medicine
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 202, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Phillip Cacioppo practices general surgery and vascular medicine (blood vessel disease) in Elk Grove Village, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Cacioppo include esophageal cancer, thyroid problems, and stomach problems. Dr. Cacioppo is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cacioppo honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Breast Issues, Pancreatic Cancer, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.
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