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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 medical 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. He attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cooper University Hospital. Dr. Ackerman accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
817 Federal Street
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Auguste Turnier, who practices in Voorhees, NJ and Camden, NJ, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Turnier include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Turnier attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cooper University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Mark Zaontz's area of specialization is pediatric urology. Clinical interests for Dr. Zaontz include kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. Before performing his residency at Georgetown University Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Zaontz attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors; America's Top Physicians from Consumers Research Council of America; and Top Rated Physicians in America. His professional affiliations include St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Zaontz has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Jonathan Adrian Roth, MD
Specializes in Urology
5 East; 3509 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jonathan Roth's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. Dr. Roth is in-network for United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and Abington Health. Dr. Roth 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)

Dr. Michael Gordon Packer, MD
Specializes in Urology
1000 E Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Packer's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hernia surgery, and genitourinary reconstruction. Dr. Packer takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 is professionally affiliated with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Virtua Voorhees Hospital, and Abington Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Santangelo include cardiac risk reduction, ankle sprain, and sports physicals. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Medicare Supplement (Medigap), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Santangelo's education and training includes medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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