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We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Health Net near Toms River, NJ.

Dr. Jonathan Evan Teitelbaum, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
67 Route 37 West; Riverwood 2 Building 3rd Floor
Toms River, NJ
 

Dr. Jonathan Teitelbaum's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center and Barnabas Health Medical Group. Before completing his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Teitelbaum attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Teitelbaum honors.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Acid Reflux, Constipation, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Abdominal Pain

Dr. Teresa Anne Tacopina, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
129 Route 37 West; Suite 4
Toms River, NJ
 

Dr. Teresa Tacopina is a Toms River, NJ physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Tacopina is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Community Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Tina Susanne Rakitt, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
67 Route 37 West; Riverwood 2 Building 3rd Floor
Toms River, NJ
 

Dr. Tina Rakitt sees patients in Long Branch, NJ and Toms River, NJ. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Rakitt accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a graduate of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's residency program. She is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center and Barnabas Health Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic ... (Read more)

Dr. Basil Michael Yurcisin II, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatrics
1430 Hooper Avenue; Suite 203
Toms River, NJ
 

Dr. Basil Yurcisin specializes in general surgery and bariatrics (obesity treatment). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Aetna. Dr. Yurcisin attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Yurcisin's medical residency was performed at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Acid Reflux, Nutrition Counseling, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (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.