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We found 8 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana Silver near Metairie, LA.

Dr. Paul Erick Hyman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
200 Henry Clay Avenue
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Paul Hyman is a pediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hyman accepts. Dr. Hyman is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Bellevue Hospital Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal motility disorders

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders

Dr. Christie Bean Blanton, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4720 South I-10 Service Road West; Suite 101
Metairie, LA
 

Dr. Christie Blanton is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and colitis. She is affiliated with Tulane Medical Center. Dr. Blanton graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Blanton accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colitis

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dr. Brent P Keith, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
200 Henry Clay Avenue; Suite 2312
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Brent Keith is a pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease) specialist in New Orleans, LA. After completing medical school at Ross University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Keith is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Training, Education, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Eosinophilic ... (Read more)

Dr. Margie Ann Kahn, MD
Specializes in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecology
4720 South I-10 Service Road West; Suite 302
Metairie, LA
 

Dr. Margie Kahn sees patients in New Orleans, LA and Metairie, LA. Her medical specialties are female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and gynecology. Her clinical interests include fecal incontinence and urogynecological problems. She is professionally affiliated with Tulane Medical Center and Lakeview Regional Medical Center. Dr. Kahn takes United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and performed her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center and New York Downtown Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , fecal incontinence

All Interests: Fecal Incontinence, Urogynecological Problems

Dr. Margit Michelle-Aidienne McGowan, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1430 Tulane Avenue; # Sl-78
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Margit McGowan is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. She works in New Orleans, LA. She has indicated that her clinical interests include cancer. She is professionally affiliated with Tulane Medical Center. Dr. McGowan attended the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Baystate Medical Center for residency. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Cancer

Dr. Susan L F McLellan, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Infectious Disease
4720 S I 10 Service Road W; Suite 101
Metairie, LA
 

Dr. Susan McLellan is a physician who specializes in adult infectious disease. In her practice, Dr. McLellan focuses on travel medicine. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She has received the distinction of New Orleans Super Doctors. Dr. McLellan is professionally affiliated with Tulane Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea

All Interests: Travel Medicine, Diarrhea, Medication

Dr. Nicholas Joseph Van Sickels, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Infectious Disease
2601 Tulane Avenue; Suite 500
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Nicholas Van Sickels specializes in adult infectious disease. He is especially interested in travel medicine. Dr. Van Sickels is affiliated with Tulane Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Van Sickels accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea

All Interests: Travel Medicine, Diarrhea, Medication

Dr. Aaron Woodrow Sweeney, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Cardiology
1430 Tulane Avenue; Sl-48
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Aaron Sweeney is a medical specialist in cardiology (heart disease). Dr. Sweeney studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. His clinical interests encompass electrophysiological (EP) study, hernia, and acid reflux (GERD). Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sweeney accepts. He is affiliated with Tulane Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Electrophysiological Study, Hernia, Acid Reflux

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

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.