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We found 4 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept BlueCross BlueShield PPO/Trust near Dearborn, MI.

Dr. Bilal Mahmud Kharbutli, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
18181 Oakwood Boulevard; Suite 305
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. Bilal Kharbutli works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Patient ratings for Dr. Kharbutli average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kharbutli's areas of expertise include the following: minimally invasive surgery, cancer surgery, and heartburn. His professional affiliations include Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Henry Ford Health System, and Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn. Dr. Kharbutli honors Anthem, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Jordan University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Baldev Kumar Malik, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2176 Fort Street
Lincoln Park, MI
 

Dr. Baldev Malik's specialty is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Malik (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. His areas of expertise include the following: gas, gastrointestinal bleeding, and peptic ulcer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Oakwood Hospital - Taylor, and Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn. Before completing his residency at Easton Hospital and Chicago Medical School, Dr. Malik attended medical school at Guru Nanak Dev University, Government Medical College, Amritsar, and Government Medical College, Patiala. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Muhammad Fuad Azrak, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
18100 Oakwood Boulevard; Suite 205
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. M. Azrak specializes in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Azrak speaks Arabic. His clinical interests include gas, gastrointestinal bleeding, and peptic ulcer. His professional affiliations include Oakwood Hospital - Wayne, Oakwood Hospital - Taylor, and Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn. Dr. Azrak studied medicine at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Rana Rafic Sabbagh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
23500 Park; Suite Suite 2b
Dearborn, MI
 

Dr. Rana Sabbagh is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Dearborn, MI and Detroit, MI. Her clinical interests include stomach problems, crohn's disease, and small intestine disorders. She honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Sabbagh attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic. She is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Oakwood Hospital - Taylor, and Henry Ford Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Small Intestine Disorders, Upper Endoscopy, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, ... (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.