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

Dr. Michael Benjamin Wolfson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
599 Arcola Road
Collegeville, PA

Dr. Michael Wolfson is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Malvern, PA and Collegeville, PA. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Wolfson's clinical interests include peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Wolfson has received professional recognition including the following: Main Line Today, Top Doctor. He is affiliated with Paoli Hospital. Dr. Wolfson welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Liver Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Peptic Ulcer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
100 Market Street
Collegeville, PA

Dr. Jong-Hyun Nam's medical specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). His clinical interests include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nam honors. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Nam speaks Korean.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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

Dr. Christine Szarka specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology and practices in Paoli, PA, Collegeville, PA, and Exton, PA. Her areas of expertise include breast cancer. Dr. Szarka is affiliated with Paoli Hospital. She attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky for residency. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Szarka has received the following distinctions: "Top Doc" in Oncology/Hematology; "Top Doc" in Oncology/Hematology, Main Line Magazine; and Member, Pennsylvania Cancer Control Prevention & Research Advisory Board. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Breast Cancer

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

Dr. Hans Haupt is a specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He works in Phoenixville, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Haupt include aortic dissection repair, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Haupt honors. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Haupt trained 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: Heart Bypass Surgery, Lobectomy, Heart Valve Replacement, Aortic Valve Surgery, Aortic Dissection ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mark Rosen is a diagnostic radiologist. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His residency was performed at Columbia University Medical Center and Jefferson University Hospitals. These areas are among Dr. Rosen's clinical interests: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rosen's professional affiliations include 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)

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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.