We found 5 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Partners Plus near Danvers, MA.

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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Critical Care
104 Endicott Street; Suite 200
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Jaime Rivera's specialties are pediatric surgery, general surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He graduated from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Rivera's areas of expertise include diverticular disease, colon cancer, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Rivera speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Beverly Hospital, Atrius Health, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
104 Endicott Street; Suite 300
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Francis Colizzo is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Boston, MA and Danvers, MA. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Colizzo's areas of expertise include the following: barrett's esophagus, ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disease. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Colizzo has received the following distinction: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Fellow, American College of Physicians. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Colizzo is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Cysts, Radiofrequency Ablation, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Critical Care
104 Endicott Street; Suite 200
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. William Kastrinakis works as a pediatric surgeon, general surgeon, and surgical oncologist. He is conversant in Greek. Dr. Kastrinakis's clinical interests include pancreas problems, diverticular disease, and melanoma. He is affiliated with Union Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Kastrinakis honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery, Acid Reflux, Pancreas Problems, Colorectal Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. David Rattner specializes in general surgery and practices in Boston, MA and Danvers, MA. These areas are among his clinical interests: diverticular disease, barrett's esophagus, and achalasia. Dr. Rattner is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Rattner's medical residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Boston Super Doctors; Board Of Governors, American College Of Surgeons; and President Society American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (sages) 2004-5. Dr. Rattner has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Diverticular Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Denise Gee practices general surgery in Boston, MA and Danvers, MA. Her areas of expertise include diverticular disease and tumor. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gee takes. Dr. Gee is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Gee (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Spanish. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Gee's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Tumor, Diverticular Disease, Colon Problems, Laparoscopic Surgery, Acid Reflux, Adrenal ... (Read more)

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.
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