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We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna Leap Basic HSA near Collegeville, PA.

Michael Benjamin Wolfson MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
599 Arcola Road
Collegeville, PA
(610) 644-6755

Dr. Michael Wolfson sees patients in Malvern, PA and Collegeville, PA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and a graduate of Temple University Hospital's residency program. He has indicated that his clinical interests include peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. Dr. Wolfson has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He has received the following distinction: Main Line Today, Top Doctor. Dr. Wolfson is affiliated with Paoli Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colon cancer screening, Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), Liver disease, Inflammatory bowel disease, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Gastroenterology (Digestive System)
100 Market Street
Collegeville, PA
(610) 630-6888

Dr. Jong-Hyun Nam is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist in East Norriton, PA and Collegeville, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Nam include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University, Dr. Nam attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Nam speaks Korean. He is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dr. Christine Esther Szarka MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology
599 Arcola Road
Collegeville, PA
(484) 565-1600

Dr. Christine Szarka is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist in Paoli, PA, Collegeville, PA, and Exton, PA. She is especially interested in breast cancer. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Dr. Szarka completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Her distinctions include: "Top Doc" in Oncology/Hematology; "Top Doc" in Oncology/Hematology, Main Line Magazine; and Member, Pennsylvania Cancer Control Prevention & Research Advisory Board. She is professionally affiliated with Paoli Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Szarka's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Advanced treatment for all cancer diagnoses, including, GI Malignancies, Breast Cancer

Hans Michael Haupt MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery
824 Main Street; Medical Office Building, Suite 302
Phoenixville, PA
(610) 983-1561

Dr. Hans Haupt sees patients in Phoenixville, PA. His medical specialties are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. His clinical interests include aortic dissection repair, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. Dr. Haupt's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Haupt is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Aortic Dissection Repair, Aortic Root Surgery, Aortic Surgery, Aortic Valve Surgery, Bloodless ... (Read more)

Mark Alan Rosen MD, PhD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
420 West Linfield - Trappe Road
Limerick, PA

Dr. Mark Rosen works as a diagnostic radiologist. Dr. Rosen attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His residency was performed at Columbia University Medical Center and Jefferson University Hospitals. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rosen include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer. Dr. Rosen takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Anal Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Ductal Carcinoma in ... (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.