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We found 7 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Coventry near Akron, OH.

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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
1 Akron General Avenue; #3500
Akron, OH
 

Dr. Joseph Lahorra is a thoracic surgeon. He obtained his medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. Dr. Lahorra honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lahorra has received the following distinction: Cleveland Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Fairview Hospital and MetroHealth.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Aortic Valve Surgery, Lung Resection, Mitral Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Andy Karam Abramovich, MD
Specializes in Other, Medical Oncology, Hematology
75 Arch Street; Suite 202
Akron, OH
 

Dr. Drew Abramovich's specialties are medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Abramovich is especially interested in chemotherapy, breast cancer, and lymphoma. His professional affiliations include Wooster Community Hospital and Cleveland Clinic. He attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Allegheny General Hospital. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Abramovich takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: Chemotherapy, Lymphoma, Colorectal Cancer, Breast Cancer, Melanoma

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Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
525 E Market Street
Akron, OH
 

Dr. Michael Valente works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Valente include female incontinence, polypectomy (polyp removal), and hemorrhoid banding. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at Summa Akron City Hospital. Dr. Valente is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, anal fissures, colon polyps, colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, diarrhea, diverticular disease, colorectal problems, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), rectal abscess, rectal prolapse

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Hemorrhoidectomy, Incontinence Surgery, Postpartum, Rectal Problems, Rectal ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1260 Independence Avenue
Akron, OH
 

Dr. Elizabeth Salay's medical specialty is general internal medicine. She studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care. Clinical interests for Dr. Salay include menopause, depression, and metabolic syndrome. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Salay is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Depression, Metabolic Syndrome, Headache, Men's Health Issues, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
2640 W Market Street
Fairlawn, OH
 

Dr. Sigmund Norr's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Patient ratings for Dr. Norr average 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, depression, and adolescent issues. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Norr is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University Hospitals, Cleveland for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, hemorrhoids, gastritis, fecal incontinence, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Nosebleeds, Eczema, Knee Pain, Substance Abuse, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kristine Nichole Woods, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology
215 W Bowery Street
Akron, OH
 

Dr. Kristine Woods' specialty is psychology. She is affiliated with Akron Children's Hospital. Dr. Woods is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Acute Pain, Headache, Chronic Pain

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Specializes in General Surgery
400 Wabash Avenue
Akron, OH
 

Dr. Eveline Klenotic is a specialist in surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Klenotic include colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and gallbladder problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Klenotic honors. She graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is affiliated with Lake Health.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, colon cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Breast Issues, Appendectomy, Colitis, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, ... (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.