We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Community Plan near Sparta, NJ.

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Dr. May D Abdo Matkiwsky, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
89 Sparta Avenue; Suite 130
Sparta, NJ
 

Dr. May Abdo-Matkiwsky works as a hematologist and adult oncologist in Sparta, NJ. In addition to English, she speaks Arabic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abdo-Matkiwsky include breast cancer, melanoma, and musculoskeletal problems. Her professional affiliations include Newton Medical Center and Atlantic Health System. She attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for residency. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, AARP, and Anthem are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Abdo-Matkiwsky takes.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

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Dr. Bohdan Eugene Halibey, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
89 Sparta Avenue; Suite 130
Sparta, NJ
 

Dr. Bohdan Halibey practices adult oncology and medical oncology. His areas of expertise include spinal cancer, breast cancer, and melanoma. Dr. Halibey is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, AARP, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Halibey is affiliated with Newton Medical Center and Atlantic Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
89 Sparta Avenue
Sparta, NJ
 

Dr. Kathy Lo practices radiation oncology. Her areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, spinal cancer, and liver disease. Dr. Lo takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. In addition to English, she speaks Chinese. Dr. Lo's hospital/clinic affiliations include Newton Medical Center and Atlantic Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
89 Sparta Avenue
Sparta, NJ
 

Dr. Lawrence Koutcher specializes in radiation oncology. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, spinal cancer, and liver disease. He is affiliated with Newton Medical Center and Atlantic Health System. Dr. Koutcher is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College and a graduate of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's residency program. Dr. Koutcher accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, pancreatic cancer, colorectal 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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