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We found 6 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Aetna HMO near Geneva, IL.

Dr. Donald C Hoscheit II, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road; Suite 209
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Donald Hoscheit is a gastroenterologist in Naperville, IL, Lisle, IL, and Geneva, IL. His clinical interests include colorectal surgery procedures, colon cancer, and celiac disease. Dr. Hoscheit is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Hoscheit's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Hoscheit has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Dr. Faisal Qayyum Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Faisal Khan is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Geneva, IL and Winfield, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: diarrhea, endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), and pancreas problems. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. After completing medical school at Allama Iqbal Medical College, Dr. Khan performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Khan welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Arvin Kumar Bhatia, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Arvin Bhatia is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bhatia include colorectal surgery procedures, heartburn, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Bhatia is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Heliodoro Medina, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Heliodoro Medina specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Medina average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Medina include ulcers, celiac disease, and stomach cancer. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Medina speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Sharif Zubair, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Sharif Zubair is an adult gastroenterology specialist. After completing medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Dr. Zubair performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Zubair is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Zubair is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Hemal Patel is an adult gastroenterologist. His clinical interests include hepatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and colorectal cancer screening. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Patel attended B.J. Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. Dr. Patel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Esophagus Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hepatitis, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer Screening

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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.