We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana Gold 2250/HMO Premier near Rochester, MN.

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Dr. Russell Harold Wiesner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
200 First Street Sw; Charlton 10a
Rochester, MN

Dr. Russell Wiesner is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He is especially interested in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), hepatitis, and liver transplant. Dr. Wiesner honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. His education and training includes medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin and residency at Mayo Clinic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Essentia Health-Northern Pines Clinic (Aurora), Essentia Health-Ely Clinic, and Essentia Health-Hibbing Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Liver Transplant, Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Dr. Mark Gordon Bartlett, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
200 1st Street Sw; Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology
Rochester, MN

Dr. Mark Bartlett practices adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology in Rochester, MN. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diarrhea, malnutrition, and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Bartlett takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Bartlett attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Mayo Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Pancreatitis, Malnutrition, Diarrhea, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Dr. Robert Charles Miller, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
200 1st Street Sw
Rochester, MN

Dr. Robert Miller works as a radiation oncologist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT). Dr. Miller honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. After completing medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He is affiliated with Mayo Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Intraoperative Radiation Therapy

Dr. Scott Russell Kelley, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
200 First Street Sw; Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Rochester, MN

Dr. Scott Kelley's area of specialization is colon & rectal surgery. In Dr. Kelley's practice, he is particularly interested in anal cancer, colon problems, and rectal problems. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a graduate of Good Samaritan Hospital's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Mayo Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , anal cancer, colon problems, rectal problems

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Dr. James Lewis Leenstra, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
200 1st Street Sw
Rochester, MN

Dr. James Leenstra specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Leenstra's areas of expertise include lung cancer, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), and gastrointestinal cancer. He is affiliated with Mayo Clinic. After attending the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer, Breast Cancer, ... (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.

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