We found 4 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Humana Platinum 500/HMO Premier near Park Ridge, IL.

Dr. Theodore John Saclarides, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1030 W. Higgins Road
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Theodore Saclarides specializes in colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: diverticular disease, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Saclarides has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a graduate of Rush University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Saclarides has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Fecal Incontinence, Laparoscopic Surgery, Rectal Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. James H Berman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1675 Dempster Street, Yacktman Pavilion; 3rd Floor
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. James Berman is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. Dr. Berman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Berman completed his residency training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Feeding Disorders, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Constipation

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1675 Dempster Street; Y3 - 254
Park Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran practices pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics in Park Ridge, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Maywood, IL. He has a special interest in heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Gunasekaran honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Madras Medical College, he performed his residency at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil. Dr. Gunasekaran is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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All Interests: Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9700 Kenton Avenue; #302
Skokie, IL
 

Dr. Bennett Plotnick works as an adult gastroenterologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Plotnick average 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. He is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Plotnick attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for residency.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Biliary Disorders, Crohn's Disease

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.
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