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We found 3 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 is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in East Stroudsburg, PA, Wilkes Barre, PA, and Danville, PA. His clinical interests encompass obesity, eosinophilic esophagitis, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Focht is professionally affiliated with Geisinger. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Madigan Army Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Focht is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more.

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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 in Danville, PA, Forty Fort, PA, and Scranton, PA. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Maksimak is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. 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. He is professionally affiliated with Geisinger.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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

Dr. William Strodel practices general surgery. His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery and abdominal surgery. Dr. Strodel has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He is professionally 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.