We found 7 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana ChoiceCare Network near Oak Lawn, IL.
Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tilwalli include inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. Dr. Tilwalli is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Shivaji University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. Dr. Tilwalli is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.
Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hepatitis, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy
Dr. Ajay Bajaj works as an adult gastroenterologist in Burbank, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Chicago, IL. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Bajaj is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. Before completing his residency at Chicago Medical School, Dr. Bajaj attended medical school at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College. Dr. Bajaj (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Polish. He is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He has an open panel.
Relevant Interests: , colon problems
All Interests: ERCP, Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Colon Problems
Dr. Michael D'astice is an adult gastroenterologist in Oak Lawn, IL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. D'astice include inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. His professional affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. D'astice welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. D'astice trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for his residency. Dr. D'astice (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish.
Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease
All Interests: Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Dr. Kamran Ayub specializes in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in pancreas problems, barrett's esophagus, and gastrointestinal cancer. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ayub takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). He attended Khyber Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Greater Baltimore Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Ayub is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Ayub's practice is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux
Dr. Darrien Gaston is an adult gastroenterologist in Chicago, IL. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Gaston is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He has an open panel.
Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids
All Interests: Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Hemorrhoids
Dr. Sammy Nawas is a cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Nawas focuses on esophageal cancer, lung problems, and hiatal hernia. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Nawas obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer
All Interests: Lung Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Cancer, Hiatal Hernia
Dr. Brian Yu's specialty is adult infectious disease. He is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, MetroSouth Medical Center, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). Dr. Yu graduated from Rush Medical College. He trained at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for residency. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and United Healthcare HMO. His practice is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , colitis
All Interests: Colitis
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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.