We found 12 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna Leap Basic HSA near Collegeville, PA.

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Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
100 Market Street
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Jong-Hyun Nam works as a gastroenterologist in East Norriton, PA and Collegeville, PA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Nam include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nam takes. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University, Dr. Nam attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He 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. Pallavi Ravindra Marathe, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
599 Arcola Road
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Pallavi Rastogi is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rastogi include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. Dr. Rastogi takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of Hahnemann University Hospital's residency program. She is conversant in Marathi. She is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. Dr. Rastogi is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Skin Cancer, Blood Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Carey Fried, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
599 Arcola Road
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Robert Fried's areas of specialization are general surgery, vascular surgery, and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Pottstown, PA, Paoli, PA, and Collegeville, PA. Dr. Fried attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for his residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fried include breast cancer surgery, colectomy (colon resection), and crohn's disease. Dr. Fried honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Phoenixville Hospital and Paoli Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, stomach cancer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, colon polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Colon Polyps, Cysts, Breast Surgery, Ulcerative Colitis, Colectomy, Hiatal Hernia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian Jeffrey Broker, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
826 Main Street; Suite 201
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Brian Broker practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Phoenixville, PA, East Norriton, PA, and Pottstown, PA. His areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid problems. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Broker accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, Dr. Broker completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Deviated Septum, Sleep Problems, Sleep Disorders, Ear Infection, Allergies, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
599 Arcola Road
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Radhika Kakarla is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kakarla include warts, fibromyalgia, and endometrial biopsy. Dr. Kakarla is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kakarla's education and training includes medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. She is affiliated with Main Line Health. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon polyps

All Interests: Warts, Colon Polyps, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Fibromyalgia, Endometriosis

Dr. Paul Brian Swanson, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
826 Main Street; Suite 201
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Paul Swanson is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Dr. Swanson's areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid problems. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Swanson completed a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Swanson's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Deviated Septum, Sleep Problems, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Ear Infection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christine Esther Szarka, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
599 Arcola Road
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Christine Szarka is a medical specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Szarka include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. She is affiliated with Main Line Health. Dr. Szarka is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. She welcomes new patients. She studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Szarka trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky for her residency.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Skin Cancer, Blood Disorders, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mark Rosen specializes in diagnostic radiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Rosen include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer. Dr. Rosen takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at Columbia University Medical Center and Jefferson University Hospitals. 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, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Abdominal Problems, Kidney Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hans Michael Haupt, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
826 Main Street; Suite 303
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Hans Haupt is a Phoenixville, PA physician who specializes in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. His clinical interests include aortic dissection repair, esophageal cancer, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Haupt is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Haupt is 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: Heart Bypass Surgery, Lobectomy, Heart Valve Replacement, Aortic Valve Surgery, Aortic Dissection ... (Read more)

Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
826 Main Street; Suite 201
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Carol Actor's medical specialty is allergy & immunology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Actor include immunodeficiency, sinusitis (sinus infection), and tests. She is affiliated with Phoenixville Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She trained at Children's National Medical Center for residency. She takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Actor's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Hives, Tests, Liver Cancer, Food Allergy, Sinusitis, Asthma

Dr. Laurence V Cramer, DO
Specializes in Otolaryngology
826 Main Street; Suite 201
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Laurence Cramer sees patients in Phoenixville, PA, East Norriton, PA, and Pottstown, PA. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid problems. Dr. Cramer is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Cramer is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Deviated Septum, Sleep Problems, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Ear Infection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Paul Nadeau, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
826 Main Street; Suite 201
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Daniel Nadeau works as an otolaryngologist in Phoenixville, PA, East Norriton, PA, and Pottstown, PA. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Nadeau's residency was performed at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium. His areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), thyroid problems, and endoscopic sinus surgery. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nadeau is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Deviated Septum, Sleep Problems, Dizziness, Ear Infection, Allergies, Hoarseness, ... (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.

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