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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 physician who specializes in pediatric surgery, general surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He graduated from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rivera trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for his residency. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, colon cancer, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rivera has received distinctions including American College of Surgeons Resident Research; Fellowship.; and Claude Welch Resident Research Fellowship.. In addition to English, Dr. Rivera (or staff) speaks Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beverly Hospital (Beverly, MA), and Union Hospital. Dr. Rivera is open to new patients.

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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 is a pediatric surgeon, general surgeon, and cancer surgeon in Danvers, MA and Salem, MA. Dr. Kastrinakis studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kastrinakis trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. His areas of expertise include pancreas problems, diverticular disease, and melanoma. Dr. Kastrinakis honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Greek. He is affiliated with Union Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Colizzo include barrett's esophagus, ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Colizzo is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Colizzo's practice is open to new patients. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His distinctions include: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. and Fellow, American College of Physicians.

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Specializes in General Surgery
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. David Rattner's medical specialty is general surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Rattner average 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rattner include diverticular disease, barrett's esophagus, and achalasia. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rattner's office for an appointment. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors; Board Of Governors, American College Of Surgeons.; and President Society American Gastrointestinal.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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Specializes in General Surgery
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Denise Gee is a general surgery specialist. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Boston Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gee include diverticular disease and tumor. Dr. Gee accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gee (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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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.