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We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Coventry Health Care Plans near Lake Forest, IL.

Dr. Anton Ivan Skaro, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
800 N Westmoreland Road; #102
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Anton Skaro practices transplant surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: liver cancer, pancreas transplant, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). Dr. Skaro honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Croatian. Dr. Skaro's professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer, small intestine disorders

All Interests: Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marleta Reynolds, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Campus Lake
Forest, IL
 

Dr. Marleta Reynolds is a physician who specializes in pediatric general surgery. Her areas of expertise include the following: minimally invasive surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Dr. Reynolds is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Reynolds trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. She has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Reynolds is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Abdominal Problems, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Malcolm McAvoy Decamp Jr., MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
660 N. Westmoreland Road; #300
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Malcolm Decamp's area of specialization is thoracic surgery. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Areas of expertise for Dr. Decamp include esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and emphysema. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Decamp takes. Dr. Decamp has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Tracheal Surgery, Thymoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine Ann Barsness, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
900 N. Westmoreland Road; #209
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Katherine Barsness is a pediatric general surgeon in New Lenox, IL, Glenbrook, IL, and Chicago, IL. In her practice, she is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery, pectus excavatum, and tumor. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Barsness is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Barsness is open to new patients. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver.

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Relevant Interests: , pyloric stenosis, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems

All Interests: Pyloric Stenosis, Abdominal Problems, Esophagus Problems, Lung Problems, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Albert A Nemcek Jr., BS, MD
Specializes in Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
800 N. Westmoreland Road; #205
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Albert Nemcek practices vascular & interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology in Grayslake, IL, Chicago, IL, and Lake Forest, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nemcek include angioplasty, liver tumor, and liver cancer. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Nemcek graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Nemcek is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Fine Needle Aspiration, Liver Tumor, Tumor, Vascular Disease, Liver Cancer, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert A Freilich, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
600 Central Avenue; Suite 333
Highland Park, IL
 

Dr. Robert Freilich is a general internist in Highland Park, IL and Deerfield, IL. His areas of expertise include diabetes, obesity, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Freilich is rated highly by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Ohio State University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Freilich's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Weight Loss, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

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.