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

Dr. Jaime Alfredo Rivera, MD
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 is a pediatric surgeon, general surgeon, and cancer surgeon. These areas are among Dr. Rivera's clinical interests: diverticular disease, colon cancer, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: American College of Surgeons Resident Research; Fellowship.; and Claude Welch Resident Research Fellowship.. Dr. Rivera (or staff) speaks Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Rivera's hospital/clinic affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beverly Hospital (Beverly, MA), and Union Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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. William Kastrinakis' areas of specialization are pediatric surgery, general surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery); he sees patients in Danvers, MA and Salem, MA. He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. He trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kastrinakis include pancreas problems, diverticular disease, and melanoma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kastrinakis honors. In addition to English, he speaks Greek. His professional affiliations include Union Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kastrinakis's practice 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)

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

Dr. Francis Colizzo sees patients in Boston, MA and Danvers, MA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Jefferson University Hospitals' residency program. These areas are among Dr. Colizzo's clinical interests: barrett's esophagus, ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disease. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. and Fellow, American College of Physicians. Dr. Colizzo is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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Specializes in General Surgery
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. David Rattner's specialty is general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rattner include diverticular disease, barrett's esophagus, and achalasia. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Rattner has received include Boston Super Doctors; Board Of Governors, American College Of Surgeons.; and President Society American Gastrointestinal. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rattner's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Specializes in General Surgery
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Denise Gee is a specialist in general surgery. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Gee's areas of expertise include diverticular disease and tumor. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Gee (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin and Spanish. Dr. Gee is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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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.