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We found 3 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Blue Choice near Oak Lawn, IL.

Dr. Dhruva R Tilwalli MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4901 West 79th Street; Suite #1
Burbank, IL
(708) 636-0006

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. He is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Tilwalli takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. After attending Shivaji University for medical school, Dr. Tilwalli completed his residency training at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) is conversant in Marathi, Spanish, and Polish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: hepatitis, colon screening, gerd, Colon screenings, Colonoscopy, Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory bowel ... (Read more)

Kamran Ayub MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9921 Southwest Highway
Oak Lawn, IL
(708) 499-5678

Dr. Kamran Ayub specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Oak Lawn, IL. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include pancreas problems, barrett's esophagus, and gastrointestinal cancer. Dr. Ayub is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. Dr. Ayub welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Khyber Medical College. He completed his residency training at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Barrett's Esophagus, gastroesophageal reflux, pancreatic disease, GI oncology

Mahesh Vadali MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10458 South Pulaski Road
Oak Lawn, IL
(708) 636-1818

Dr. Mahesh Vadali is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Vadali's areas of clinical interest consist of acid reflux (GERD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Vadali's hospital/clinic affiliations include Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and MetroSouth Medical Center. Dr. Vadali is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vadali's practice is open to new patients. Dr. Vadali is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Vadali trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Vadali speaks Telugu.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: irritable bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome, gerd




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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.