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We found 3 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Aetna near Southfield, MI.

Dr. Laurence Edward Stawick, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
22250 Providence Drive; Suite 703
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Laurence Stawick's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Stawick is affiliated with St. John Providence Health System. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Stawick trained at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kartikkumar Mukeshbhai Jinjuvadia, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
27207 Lahser Road; Suite 200a
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Kartikkumar Jinjuvadia is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Jinjuvadia include esophageal cancer, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), and peptic ulcer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of B.J. Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Jinjuvadia completed a residency program at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Jinjuvadia (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Jinjuvadia's hospital/clinic affiliations include Hutzel Women's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG).

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All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Esophageal Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
16001 W 9 Mile Road
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Bradford Whitmer is a gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal bleeding, gas, and peptic ulcer. Dr. Whitmer is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Whitmer trained at St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Whitmer is affiliated with Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Providence Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System.

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All Interests: Achalasia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (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.