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We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems near Montoursville, PA.

Dr. Dean Richard Focht III, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
204 Curtin Street
South Williamsport, PA
 

Dr. Dean Focht practices pediatric gastroenterology in East Stroudsburg, PA, Wilkes Barre, PA, and Danville, PA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include obesity, eosinophilic esophagitis, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Focht is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Madigan Army Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Geisinger.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Obesity, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux

Dr. Martin Gerard Maksimak, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
204 Curtin Street
South Williamsport, PA
 

Dr. Martin Maksimak practices pediatric gastroenterology. He attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Maksimak has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maksimak honors. He is affiliated with Geisinger.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Mohammad-Mohsen Mohammad Shabahang, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
780 Broad Street
Montoursville, PA
 

Dr. Mohammad Shabahang practices general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Clinical interests for Dr. Shabahang include esophageal tumor, breast surgery, and liver tumor. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Shabahang completed a residency program at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Shabahang (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. Dr. Shabahang is professionally affiliated with Geisinger.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal tumor

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Breast Surgery, Pancreatic Cancer Surgery, Biliary Disorders, Esophageal Tumor, ... (Read more)

Dr. William Edward Iii Strodel III, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
780 Broad Street
Montoursville, PA
 

Dr. William Strodel is a general surgery specialist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Strodel at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery and abdominal surgery. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Strodel honors. Dr. Strodel is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He is affiliated with Geisinger.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems

All Interests: Esophagus Problems, Abdominal Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Pancreas Problems, Colorectal ... (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.