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's area of specialization is thoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Lahorra include esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. Dr. Lahorra honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at the University Hospitals, Cleveland and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He has received professional recognition including the following: Cleveland Super Doctors. Dr. Lahorra 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)

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Specializes in Other, Medical Oncology, Hematology
75 Arch Street; Suite 202
Akron, OH
 

Dr. Drew Abramovich sees patients in Akron, OH, Wooster, OH, and Medina, OH. His medical specialties are medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders). The average patient rating for Dr. Abramovich is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of chemotherapy, breast cancer, and lymphoma. He takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Abramovich's education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at Allegheny General Hospital. He is affiliated with Wooster Community Hospital and Cleveland Clinic.

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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 is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He works in Akron, OH, Cleveland, OH, and Fairview Park, OH. Patient ratings for Dr. Valente average 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: female incontinence, polypectomy (polyp removal), and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Valente is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Valente accepts. He graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Valente completed a residency program at Summa Akron City Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, anal cancer, perianal abscess, 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), perirectal abscess, rectal prolapse

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

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1260 Independence Avenue
Akron, OH
 

Dr. Elizabeth Salay is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Salay's clinical interests include menopause, depression, and metabolic syndrome. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. After completing medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, she performed her residency at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care. Dr. Salay's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. The average patient rating for Dr. Norr is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include warts, depression, and adolescent issues. Dr. Norr is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. Dr. Norr is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a graduate of the University Hospitals, Cleveland's residency program.

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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' area of specialization is psychology. She is professionally affiliated with Akron Children's Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver.

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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 general surgeon. She graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Klenotic include colon cancer, colectomy (colon resection), and gallbladder problems. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Klenotic is professionally 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.