We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept HAP PPO near Wyandotte, MI.
Dr. Stephen Watts' specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Watts takes. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Mount Carmel Health System and Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Watts speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Oakwood Hospital - Southshore and Henry Ford Health System.
Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, colitis
All Interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease
Dr. Bradford Whitmer is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Southfield, MI and Riverview, MI. Dr. Whitmer's professional affiliations include Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Providence Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System. He honors Amerigroup, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Providence Hospital, Southfield.
Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, small intestine disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Small Intestine Disorders, Radiofrequency Ablation, Acid Reflux, Colon ... (Read more)
Dr. Thomas Siegel practices general surgery and vascular surgery in Dearborn, MI. Dr. Siegel has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Siegel is affiliated with Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn.
Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, hemorrhoids, appendicitis
All Interests: Appendicitis, Colectomy, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Gallbladder Problems, Hemorrhoids, Lipoma, ... (Read more)
Dr. Lascelles Pinnock is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Pinnock include esophageal cancer, bell's palsy, and neck reconstructive surgery. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Pinnock honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Pinnock is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. John Providence Health System.
Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer
All Interests: Neck Reconstructive Surgery, Sleep Disorders, Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Skin Cancer, Ear ... (Read more)
Dr. Mohammed Jahania specializes in cardiac surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and thoracic surgery and practices in Detroit, MI, Livonia, MI, and Dearborn, MI. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery (CABG), and carotid endarterectomy. Dr. Jahania honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended Sindh Medical College and Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Flushing Hospital Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky for residency. Dr. Jahania (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Garden City Hospital, and McLaren Health Care.
Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer
All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Bronchoscopy, Cardiomyopathy, Thoracic Problems, Sarcoidosis, Endoscopic ... (Read more)
Dr. Michael Israel works as a general surgeon and vascular surgeon in Dearborn, MI. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School for his residency. Dr. Israel accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Israel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Oakwood Hospital - Taylor and Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)
All Interests: Lower Extremity Bypass Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)
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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.