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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 specializes in pediatric surgery, general surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and practices in Danvers, MA, Peabody, MA, and Salem, MA. These areas are among Dr. Rivera's clinical interests: diverticular disease, colon cancer, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beverly Hospital (Beverly, MA), and Union Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rivera attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. His distinctions include: American College of Surgeons Resident Research; Fellowship.; and Claude Welch Resident Research Fellowship.. Dr. Rivera (or staff) is conversant in Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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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 works as a pediatric surgeon, general surgeon, and cancer surgeon in Danvers, MA and Salem, MA. In addition to English, Dr. Kastrinakis speaks Greek. His areas of expertise include pancreas problems, diverticular disease, and melanoma. He is affiliated with Union Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Before performing his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Kastrinakis attended Tufts University School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kastrinakis 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 practices adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His areas of expertise include the following: barrett's esophagus, ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disease. On average, patients gave Dr. Colizzo a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Colizzo has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. and Fellow, American College of Physicians. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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Specializes in General Surgery
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. David Rattner specializes in general surgery and practices in Boston, MA and Danvers, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Rattner include diverticular disease, barrett's esophagus, and achalasia. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Rattner graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Rattner trained at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Rattner's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 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)

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Specializes in General Surgery
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Denise Gee's area of specialization is general surgery. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diverticular disease and tumor. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Before performing her residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Gee attended Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Gee (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Spanish. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Gee is accepting new patients.

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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.