We found 6 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Philadelphia, PA.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
817 Federal Street
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Melville Ackerman's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ackerman include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He is affiliated with Cooper University Health Care. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ackerman accepts. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ackerman completed his residency training at Cooper University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Randall Zaontz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Zaontz is a physician who specializes in pediatric urology. The average patient rating for Dr. Zaontz is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Zaontz include kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Zaontz include: America's Top Physicians from Consumers Research Council of America; Top Rated Physicians in America; and Guide to the Top Doctors. Dr. Zaontz is professionally affiliated with Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Abington Health. Dr. Zaontz's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Varicocele, Incontinence, Endoscopic Surgery, Kidney Stones, Surgical Procedures, Urologic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
5 East; 3509 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jonathan Roth practices urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. Dr. Roth is affiliated with Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Abington Health, and Lankenau Medical Center. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. Dr. Roth's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Varicocele, Microsurgery, Incontinence, Endoscopic Surgery, Urinary Incontinence, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
1000 E Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Packer's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Packer include kidney stones, hernia surgery, and genitourinary reconstruction. His professional affiliations include Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Abington Health, and Temple University Hospital (TUH). His education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Packer takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Varicocele, Microsurgery, Incontinence, Endoscopic Surgery, Urinary Incontinence, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Frank Santangelo, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
6981 N Park Drive; Suite 200
Pennsauken, NJ
 

Dr. Steven Santangelo's area of specialization is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Santangelo include cardiac risk reduction, ankle sprain, and sports physicals. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Medicare Supplement (Medigap), in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Santangelo attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Ankle Sprain, Diabetes Management, Incontinence, Conjunctivitis, Erectile Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1233 Locust Street; Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Kelly Dzialo practices general pediatrics. Clinical interests for Dr. Dzialo include bulimia, warts, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Dzialo is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, QualCare, and more. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. Dzialo's medical residency was performed at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. She is affiliated with Advocare Merchantville Pediatrics.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Eating Disorders, Cellulitis, ... (Read more)

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.
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