We found 9 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept HealthLink near Hoffman Estates, IL.
Dr. Amir Kagalwalla is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Kagalwalla's clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He graduated from Grant Medical College. Dr. Kagalwalla's medical residency was performed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital of Michigan. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Cook County Health & Hospitals System.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD), colitis
All Interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Eosinophilic esophagitis, eosinophilic gastroenteritis, allergic bowel ... (Read more)
Dr. Rameez Alasadi's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Alasadi attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, colitis
All Interests: Colitis, Colorectal Surgery, Crohn's/Colitis, Gallbladder, Gastrointestinal Disorders
Dr. Jennifer Gnerlich works as a general surgeon and surgical oncologist in Maywood, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Gnerlich include esophageal cancer, cancer surgery, and soft tissue sarcoma. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gnerlich honors. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. Dr. Gnerlich is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).
Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer
All Interests: Bile Duct Cancer, Bile Duct Disorders, Esophagus Cancer, GIST, HIPEC (hyperthermic intraperitoneal ... (Read more)
Dr. Frank Chao is a Roselle, IL physician who specializes in family medicine. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chao include immunization (preventive vaccines), minor surgery, and skin biopsy. Dr. Chao is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Chao accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , heartburn
All Interests: Allergy & Immunology, Asthma, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Family Medicine, Heartburn, Hypertension, ... (Read more)
Dr. David Woodard's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Winfield, IL and Bartlett, IL. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Woodard's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids
All Interests: Bariatric Surgery, Breast Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Gallbladder Surgery, Hemorrhoids, Hernia ... (Read more)
Dr. Ami Shah practices pediatric surgery and general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include thyroid problems, crohn's disease, and parathyroid disease. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. Dr. Shah attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, intestinal (bowel) problems
All Interests: Hemorrhoid surgery, Abdominal Mass Biopsy, Abdominal pain, Abdominal Surgery, Abnormal Bleeding, ... (Read more)
Dr. Jonathan Wallace is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. These areas are among Dr. Wallace's clinical interests: colorectal problems, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and breast surgery. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wallace honors. Dr. Wallace studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency.
Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems
All Interests: Bariatric Surgery, Breast Surgery, Colorectal Disease, Davinci Robotic Surgery, General Surgery, ... (Read more)
Dr. Michael Stutz is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for residency. Dr. Stutz is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , colon cancer
All Interests: Brain Tumor/Cancer, Breast Disease, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Prostate Cancer, Prostate ... (Read more)
Dr. Arpi Thukral practices radiation oncology. Her areas of expertise include the following: brachytherapy (seed implants), breast cancer, and cervical cancer. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Thukral attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Thukral is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer
All Interests: Brachytherapy, Brain Tumor/Cancer, Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, ... (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.