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We found 4 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Aetna near Southfield, MI.

Dr. Randall Scott Jacobs, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
30055 Northwestern Highway; Suite 250
Farmington Hills, MI
 

Dr. Randall Jacobs practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Jacobs is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, colorectal cancer screening, and upper endoscopy (EGD). He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Jacobs's training includes a residency program at Beaumont Hospitals. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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

Dr. Laurence Stawick works as an adult gastroenterologist. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor's residency program. Dr. Stawick has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and colorectal cancer screening. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Stawick is affiliated with St. John Providence Health System.

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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 specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kartikkumar Jinjuvadia works in Troy, MI, Detroit, MI, and Southfield, MI. Dr. Jinjuvadia (or staff) speaks Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Jinjuvadia include esophageal cancer, peptic ulcer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Jinjuvadia is professionally affiliated with McLaren Health Care, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Harper University Hospital. Dr. Jinjuvadia obtained Dr. Jinjuvadia's medical school training at B.J. Medical College and performed Dr. Jinjuvadia's residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Jinjuvadia takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Bradford Whitmer works as a gastroenterologist in Southfield, MI and Riverview, MI. Before performing his residency at St. John Providence Health System, Dr. Whitmer attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal bleeding, gas, and peptic ulcer. Dr. Whitmer takes Amerigroup, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Providence Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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.