We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield HMOI near Glenview, IL.
Dr. Jennifer Strople's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Strople include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Strople is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Strople trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Strople is closed to new patients at this time.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease
All Interests: Inflammatory bowel disease, outcomes research, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Dr. Miguel Saps is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saps include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Saps takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from the University of the Republic Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Saps (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Saps is professionally affiliated with Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)
All Interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology
Dr. Marleta Reynolds' area of specialization is pediatric general surgery. Dr. Reynolds attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Reynolds is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is accepting new patients.
Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal (bowel) problems
All Interests: Pediatric Surgery, ECMO, Thoracic Surgery, Developmental anomalies of the lung, diaphragm, ... (Read more)
Dr. Katherine Barsness is a pediatric general surgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Barsness include minimally invasive surgery, pectus excavatum, and tumor. Dr. Barsness is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Barsness is accepting new patients.
Relevant Interests: , pyloric stenosis, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems
All Interests: Pediatric Surgery, Advanced minimally invasive surgery in neonates, infants, children and ... (Read more)
Dr. Rachel Levin is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Patient ratings for Dr. Levin average 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Levin include diabetes, learning disabilities, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Levin attended medical school at Rush Medical College.
Relevant Interests: , intestinal (bowel) problems
All Interests: ADD, ADHD, Adoption counseling, Allergies, Asthma, Asthma Management, Bedwetting, Behavior ... (Read more)
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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.