We found 4 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Amerigroup near Morristown, NJ.

Dr. John Michael Dalena, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
65 Ridgedale Avenue
Cedar Knolls, NJ
 

Dr. John Dalena is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include cancer screening, achalasia, and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). Dr. Dalena's professional affiliations include Morristown Medical Center and Summit Medical Group. He honors Amerigroup, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dalena is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Dalena (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian.

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All Interests: Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Appendicitis, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
101 Madison Avenue; 100
Morristown, NJ
 

Dr. Larry Siu is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in West Orange, NJ, Morristown, NJ, and Oak Ridge, NJ. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Siu's areas of expertise include barrett's esophagus, crohn's disease, and hepatitis C. He is in-network for Amerigroup, AARP, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Siu (or staff) speaks Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. Dr. Siu is professionally affiliated with Morristown Medical Center, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hepatitis C, Ulcerative Colitis, Colon Problems, Esophagus Problems, Crohn's Disease, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Alan Samach, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
101 Madison Avenue; Suite 100
Morristown, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Samach is a gastroenterologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Samach is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Samach's areas of expertise include barrett's esophagus, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Morristown Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and Barnabas Health Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Anthem, and Fortis, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and a graduate of Montefiore Medical Center's residency program.

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All Interests: Esophagus Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Pancreatitis, Cancer, Ulcers, Barrett's ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
101 Madison Avenue; Suite 100
Morristown, NJ
 

Dr. Carl Wallach is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Morristown, NJ, Succasunna, NJ, and West Orange, NJ. Dr. Wallach has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: crohn's disease, liver disease, and colon problems. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Wallach studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Wallach trained at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is affiliated with Morristown Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and Barnabas Health Medical Group.

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All Interests: Colon Problems, Esophagus Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.
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