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We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept OSW - Rhode Island near Nashua, NH.

Dr. Jeffrey A Biller, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
8 Prospect Street
Nashua, NH
 

Dr. Jeffrey Biller's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Biller average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Biller graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Biller completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received the distinction of Boston Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Foundation Medical Partners, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
8 Prospect Street
Nashua, NH
 

Dr. Claire Zar-Kessler is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zar-Kessler include chronic constipation and esophagus problems. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She is professionally affiliated with Foundation Medical Partners, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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
8 Prospect Street; North Ii Specialty Suite
Nashua, NH
 

Dr. Henning Gaissert is a medical specialist in general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Gaissert's clinical interests encompass esophageal cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and lung cancer. His professional affiliations include The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Foundation Medical Partners. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gaissert is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Technical University Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Faculty of Medicine and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Boston Super Doctors; Faculty Teaching Award, Dept Of Surg, Brown; and the University. Dr. Gaissert (or staff) speaks the following languages: German and French.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

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

Dr. Douglas James Mathisen, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
8 Prospect Street; North Ii Specialty Suite
Nashua, NH
 

Dr. Douglas Mathisen's area of specialization is thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise consist of esophageal cancer and lung cancer. Dr. Mathisen's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Mathisen attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has received the following distinctions: 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. Dr. Mathisen is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Foundation Medical Partners, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer

Dr. Cameron Dorrans Wright, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
8 Prospect Street; North Ii Specialty Suite
Nashua, NH
 

Dr. Cameron Wright's medical specialty is general surgery and thoracic surgery. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, he completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. His areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and lung cancer. Dr. Wright takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Wright has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Foundation Medical Partners, 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)

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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.