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We found 6 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Medicare near Avon, OH.

Dr. James Michael Church, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
33100 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Avon, OH
 

Dr. James Church is a colon & rectal surgery specialist. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include polypectomy (polyp removal), hemorrhoid banding, and colon cancer. Dr. Church's professional affiliations include Richard E. Jacobs Health Center and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at The University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Dr. Church performed his residency at Auckland City Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: Cleveland Super Doctors; Victor W. Fazio Endowed Chair in Colorectal Surgery; and Top Doctors in America.

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All Interests: Hemorrhoidectomy, Research, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal Bleeding, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
33100 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code A31
Avon, OH
 

Dr. Jessica Philpott's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include polypectomy (polyp removal), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Philpott has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Ohio State University Medical Center for residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Richard E. Jacobs Health Center and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Foreign Body Removal, Esophageal Band Ligation, Upper ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
33100 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Avon, OH
 

Dr. Ryan Williams is a colon and rectal surgeon. After completing medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Dr. Williams performed his residency at Fairview Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Williams include genital warts, crohn's disease, and anal fissures. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Richard E. Jacobs Health Center and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Prolapse, Genital Warts, Colectomy, Fecal ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
30701 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Edmond Blades is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Westlake, OH and Cleveland, OH. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Blades is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Blades attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Blades trained at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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All Interests: Celiac Disease, Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Biliary Disorders, Bile Duct Problems, Weight ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
33100 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code A30
Avon, OH
 

Dr. Neha Wadhwa works as a gastroenterologist. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Wadhwa's areas of expertise include foreign body ingestion, esophageal varices, and achalasia. She is professionally affiliated with Marymount Hospital, Richard E. Jacobs Health Center, and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. She is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. She graduated from Lady Hardinge Medical College. Dr. Wadhwa trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Wadhwa (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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All Interests: Foreign Body Ingestion, Achalasia, Ascites, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery
33100 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Ln20
Avon, OH
 

Dr. Ching-Feng Lai is a general surgeon. He studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Lai's training includes a residency program at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. His clinical interests include breast pain, second opinions, and sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Lai is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Richard E. Jacobs Health Center.

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All Interests: Breast Pain, Second Opinions, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Umbilical Hernia, Appendicitis, Breast ... (Read more)

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.