We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems near Montoursville, PA.
Dr. Dean Focht works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in East Stroudsburg, PA, Wilkes Barre, PA, and Danville, PA. In Dr. Focht's practice, he is particularly interested in obesity, eosinophilic esophagitis, and acid reflux (GERD). On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Focht is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and a graduate of Madigan Army Medical Center's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Geisinger.
Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Gastroesophageal reflux, eosinophilic esophagitis, obesity
Dr. Martin Maksimak works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Danville, PA, Forty Fort, PA, and Scranton, PA. Patients gave Dr. Maksimak an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Maksimak's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is professionally affiliated with Geisinger.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)
All Interests: Inflammatory valve disease, GE reflux, GI procedure
Dr. Mohammad Shabahang practices general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Shabahang's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal tumor, breast surgery, and liver tumor. He is professionally affiliated with Geisinger. He accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. Before completing his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center, Dr. Shabahang attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Shabahang (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian.
Relevant Interests: , esophageal tumor
All Interests: Breast Surgery, Cancer, Dr. Shabahang provides, Upper gastrointestinal cancer, Breast cancer, ... (Read more)
Dr. William Strodel, who practices in Danville, PA, Milton, PA, and Montoursville, PA, is a medical specialist in general surgery. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery and abdominal surgery. Dr. Strodel is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Strodel is professionally affiliated with Geisinger.
Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems
All Interests: Esophageal and gastrointestinal disorders, pancreatic malignancies, colorectal cancers, Minimally ... (Read more)
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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.