We found 5 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept United Healthcare PPO near Hoffman Estates, IL.

Dr. James H Berman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 415 Building 1
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. James Berman is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Berman attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Berman include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Berman is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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All Interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Feeding Disorders, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Constipation

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 415, Building 1
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran practices pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. These areas are among his clinical interests: heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gunasekaran accepts. He graduated from Madras Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Gunasekaran trained at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Gunasekaran speaks Tamil. Dr. Gunasekaran's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. His areas of expertise include heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. After attending the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College for medical school, Dr. Kagalwalla completed his residency training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Cook County Health & Hospitals System, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Rameez Alasadi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
880 W. Central Road; Suite 4500
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Rameez Alasadi is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Clinical interests for Dr. Alasadi include colorectal surgery procedures, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Alasadi is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Alasadi has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Colorectal Surgery ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
1555 Barrington Road; Lower Level - Women & Childrens Hospital
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Ami Shah practices pediatric surgery and general surgery. Her areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, anoscopy, and crohn's disease. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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All Interests: Anoscopy, Breast Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Burns, Intestinal Problems, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Crohn's ... (Read more)

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.
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