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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
8 Prospect Street
Nashua, NH
 

Dr. Jeffrey Biller is a pediatric gastroenterologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Biller is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Biller's clinical interests: gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. He is professionally affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Health System, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Biller takes. Dr. Biller welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Biller trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Biller has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
8 Prospect Street
Nashua, NH
 

Dr. Claire Zar-Kessler is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include chronic constipation and esophagus problems. Dr. Zar-Kessler is professionally affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Health System, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zar-Kessler has an open panel. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, she completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal motility disorders, chronic constipation

All Interests: Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Chronic Constipation

Dr. Henning Arthur Gaissert, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
10 Prospect Street; Suite 401
Nashua, NH
 

Dr. Henning Gaissert's medical specialty is general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Gaissert attended Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Gaissert's areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and lung cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gaissert takes. His distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown; and the University. Dr. Gaissert (or staff) speaks German and French. Dr. Gaissert's professional affiliations include Southern New Hampshire Health System, The Miriam Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Gaissert welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Surgical Procedures, Hyperhidrosis, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Thymoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cameron Dorrans Wright, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
10 Prospect Street; Suite 401
Nashua, NH
 

Dr. Cameron Wright practices general surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Wright has indicated that his clinical interests include esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung cancer. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received the distinction of Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Wright's professional affiliations include Southern New Hampshire Health System, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Endarterectomy, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Lung Problems, Minimally Invasive Thoracic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
10 Prospect Street; Suite 401
Nashua, NH
 

Dr. Douglas Mathisen's medical specialty is thoracic surgery. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Mathisen's areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer and lung cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Southern New Hampshire Health System, Emerson Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Mathisen attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital and National Institutes of Health (NIH) for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors; Chair, STS Council on Health Policy and Relationships; and Councilor, EACTS. In addition to English, Dr. Mathisen (or staff) speaks Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer

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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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