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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 is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist. In his practice, Dr. Nam focuses on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nam graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University for his residency. He is conversant in Korean. Dr. Nam is professionally 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 works as a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist in Paoli, PA, Collegeville, PA, and Exton, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Rastogi include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. She is affiliated with Main Line Health. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of Hahnemann University Hospital's residency program. Dr. Rastogi honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes 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 is a general surgeon, vascular surgeon, and colon and rectal surgeon. Before performing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Fried attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fried include breast cancer surgery, colectomy (colon resection), and crohn's disease. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Fried's professional affiliations include Phoenixville Hospital and Paoli Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Broker is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Broker completed a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. His areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Broker average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Broker's professional affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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 in Phoenixville, PA, East Norriton, PA, and Bryn Mawr, PA. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Swanson include sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid problems. Dr. Swanson's professional affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Swanson is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency.

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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 physician who specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. Her areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. Dr. Szarka is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Szarka welcomes new patients. She studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Szarka completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky.

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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)

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

Dr. Radhika Kakarla is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She works in Paoli, PA, Strafford, PA, and Collegeville, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kakarla include warts, fibromyalgia, and endometrial biopsy. She is affiliated with Main Line Health. She attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Her residency was performed at Parkland Health & Hospital System. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Kakarla is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kakarla's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon polyps

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

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

Dr. Mark Rosen works as a diagnostic radiologist in Philadelphia, PA, Yardley, PA, and Limerick, PA. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Rosen attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at Columbia University Medical Center and Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Rosen is 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: 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
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Hans Haupt works as a heart surgeon, vascular surgeon, and chest surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: aortic dissection repair, esophageal cancer, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Dr. Haupt is affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Haupt attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Haupt has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Lobectomy, Heart Valve Replacement, Aortic Valve Surgery, Aortic Dissection ... (Read more)

Dr. Carol F Actor, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
826 Main Street; Suite 201
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Carol Actor's medical specialty is allergy & immunology. These areas are among her clinical interests: immunodeficiency, sinusitis (sinus infection), and tests. Dr. Actor is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Children's National Medical Center. Dr. Actor is affiliated with Phoenixville Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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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's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid problems. Dr. Cramer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patients rated Dr. Cramer highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. His clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), thyroid problems, and endoscopic sinus surgery. Dr. Nadeau is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Nadeau trained at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is open to 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.