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We found 6 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
(330) 344-1400

Dr. Joseph Lahorra specializes in thoracic surgery and practices in Akron, OH, Fairview Park, OH, and Cleveland, OH. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and mitral valve prolapse. Dr. Lahorra's professional affiliations include Fairview Hospital and MetroHealth. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Lahorra's residency was performed at the University Hospitals, Cleveland and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Cleveland Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Regional Heart and Vascular, Aortic Valve Replacement, Mitral Valve Repair, Mitral Valve ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Hematology (Blood Disorders), Medical Oncology
75 Arch Street; Suite 202
Akron, OH
(330) 376-1043; (330) 287-4500

Dr. Drew Abramovich is a medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders) specialist in Akron, OH, Wooster, OH, and Medina, OH. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, Dr. Abramovich completed his residency training at Allegheny General Hospital. His areas of clinical interest consist of chemotherapy, breast cancer, and lymphoma. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Abramovich accepts. He is professionally affiliated with Wooster Community Hospital and Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

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

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Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery, General Surgery
525 E Market Street
Akron, OH
(330) 375-3648

Dr. Michael Valente's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His areas of expertise include female incontinence, polypectomy (polyp removal), and hemorrhoid banding. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Dr. Valente honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Summa Akron City Hospital.

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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: Pediatric Total Abdominal Colectomy, Postpartum Hemorrhage Surgery, Cancer and Polyps of the Colon, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
1260 Independence Avenue
Akron, OH
(330) 225-2494; (330) 225-8886

Dr. Elizabeth Salay works as an internist. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed her residency at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care. These areas are among Dr. Salay's clinical interests: menopause, depression, and metabolic syndrome. She accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Primary care, preventative medicine., Acute Care Medicine, Cardiovascular Health, Complete Physical ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatrics (Child & Adolescent Medicine)
2640 W Market Street
Fairlawn, OH
(330) 864-1916; (440) 943-2500

Dr. Sigmund Norr is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Before completing his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland, Dr. Norr attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Norr include warts, depression, and adolescent issues. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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

All Interests: Primary Care Pediatrics, Medication Allergies, Aerosol Treatments - Pediatric, Eczema, ADHD, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kristine Nichole Woods PSYD, BCB
Specializes in Psychology
215 W Bowery Street
Akron, OH
(330) 543-5168; (330) 543-8050

Dr. Kristine Woods specializes in psychology and practices in Akron, OH. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. Dr. Woods is affiliated with Akron Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Chronic and acute pain management: headaches, gastrointestinal pain, myofascial pain, ... (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.