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We found 3 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna PPO near Macomb, MI.

Dr. Sudhanshu Hasmukhrai Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 404
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Sudhanshu Patel is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Patel is especially interested in hepatitis and stomach problems. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and Henry Ford Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach problems

All Interests: Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Stomach Problems

Dr. Satyajit Daniel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 404
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Satyajit Daniel, who practices in Saint Clair Shores, MI, Shelby Township, MI, and Macomb, MI, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Daniel's areas of expertise include the following: stomach problems and hepatitis. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Christian Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Huron Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital for residency. Dr. Daniel is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and Henry Ford Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach problems

All Interests: Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, Stomach Problems

Dr. Donn Michael Schroder, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 306
Macomb, MI
 

Dr. Donn Schroder is a general surgery specialist. Dr. Schroder graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit. His areas of expertise include stomach surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and thyroid surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Schroder's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Hernia, Stomach Surgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Rectal ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.