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 is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist in Sparta, NJ. Clinical interests for Dr. Abdo-Matkiwsky include breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and melanoma. Dr. Abdo-Matkiwsky's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She accepts Amerigroup, AARP, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Abdo-Matkiwsky's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). In addition to English, she speaks Arabic. Her professional affiliations include Newton Medical Center and Hackettstown Medical Center.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult oncology and medical oncology. These areas are among his clinical interests: gynecologic cancer, spinal cancer, and musculoskeletal problems. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, AARP, and Anthem. Dr. Halibey attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Halibey's hospital/clinic affiliations include Newton Medical Center and Hackettstown Medical Center.

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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 is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Her areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, gynecologic cancer, and spinal cancer. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Lo is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. In addition to English, she speaks Chinese. She is professionally affiliated with 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 is a radiation oncologist. Dr. Koutcher's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, gynecologic cancer, and spinal cancer. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed his residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Koutcher is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, Newton Medical Center, and Atlantic Health System.

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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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