We found 8 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana ChoiceCare Network near Oak Lawn, IL.
Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. Dr. Tilwalli is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. He graduated from Shivaji University and then he performed his residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) is conversant in Marathi, Spanish, and Polish. He is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Tilwalli is accepting new patients.
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 is a gastroenterologist in Burbank, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Chicago, IL. Dr. Bajaj's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College. Dr. Bajaj trained at Chicago Medical School for his residency. Dr. Bajaj (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Polish.
Relevant Interests: , colon problems
All Interests: ERCP, Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Colon Problems
Dr. Michael D'astice specializes in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Patients rated Dr. D'astice highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. D'astice graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. D'astice (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease
All Interests: Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Dr. Kamran Ayub sees patients in Oak Lawn, IL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ayub has a special interest in pancreas problems, barrett's esophagus, and gastrointestinal cancer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. Dr. Ayub studied medicine at Khyber Medical College. He completed his residency training at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Ayub is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is accepting new patients.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux
Dr. Darrien Gaston works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Gaston attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Gaston welcomes new patients.
Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids
All Interests: Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Hemorrhoids
Dr. Sammy Nawas is a cardiac surgeon, vascular surgeon, and thoracic surgeon. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Nawas include esophageal cancer, lung problems, and hiatal hernia. Patients rated Dr. Nawas highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Nawas attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He has an open panel.
Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer
All Interests: Lung Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Cancer, Hiatal Hernia
Dr. Paul Gordon specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Gordon's clinical interests encompass esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and coronary artery disease. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Gordon has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Gordon welcomes new patients.
Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer
All Interests: Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease
Dr. Brian Yu's specialty is adult infectious disease. Dr. Yu honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and United Healthcare HMO. He graduated from Rush Medical College and then he performed his residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, MetroSouth Medical Center, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). Dr. Yu's 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.