We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Preferred Plan Inc. near Saint Charles, IL.
Dr. Jeffrey Victor's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include heartburn, ulcers, and colon cancer. He is affiliated with Delnor Hospital. Dr. Victor accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , heartburn, colon cancer
All Interests: Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, GI Endoscopy, Heartburn, Liver Disorders, Ulcer Disease
Dr. Yogesh Patel's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in crohn's disease and colitis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel accepts. Before performing his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Dr. Patel attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He is affiliated with Delnor Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, colitis
All Interests: Crohn's/Colitis
Dr. Loretto Glynn, who practices in Chicago, IL, Geneva, IL, and Winfield, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric general surgery. Her clinical interests include surgical procedures. 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. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, Dr. Glynn performed her residency at Rush University Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Glynn honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.
Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease
All Interests: Pediatric Surgery, Minimally invasive surgery, tumors, chest wall deformities, congenital ... (Read more)
Dr. Michele Slogoff's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. She practices in Elgin, IL and Geneva, IL. She has a special interest in colorectal surgery procedures. Dr. Slogoff is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Slogoff honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers.
Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer
All Interests: Benign Anal Disease, Colorectal Cancer, Hemorrhoids, Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Surgery, ... (Read more)
Dr. Andrew Kramer specializes in general surgery and practices in Geneva, IL and Elgin, IL. Dr. Kramer studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his residency, Dr. Kramer trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Kramer takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Workers' Compensation, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids
All Interests: Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Endocrine Surgery/Thyroid, ... (Read more)
Dr. Richard Hrdlicka sees patients in Geneva, IL. His medical specialties are family medicine and allergy & immunology. Clinical interests for Dr. Hrdlicka include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menstrual disorders, and homeopathic treatment. Patient ratings for Dr. Hrdlicka average 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart. Dr. Hrdlicka attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at West Suburban Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Delnor Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)
All Interests: Allergies, Asthma, Colds and Flu's, Family Practice, Gastrointestinal Disorders, ... (Read more)
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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.