We found 6 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept CIGNA 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Ackerman include celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. Dr. Ackerman is affiliated with Cooper University Health Care. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ackerman is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Cooper University Hospital's residency program.

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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's specialty is pediatric urology. Clinical interests for Dr. Zaontz include phimosis, varicocele, and microsurgery. He is affiliated with Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Abington Health. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Georgetown University Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, AmeriHealth, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Zaontz has received include America's Top Physicians from Consumers Research Council of America; Top Rated Physicians in America; and Guide to the Top Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Specializes in Urology
1000 E Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Packer's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Packer include kidney stones, hernia surgery, and genitourinary reconstruction. He is affiliated with Abington Health and Temple University Hospital (TUH). Before completing his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Packer attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Packer accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Jonathan Roth's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. Dr. Roth is professionally affiliated with Abington Health, Lankenau Medical Center, and Temple University Hospital (TUH). He honors United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, AmeriHealth, and more. His practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2601 E Allegheny Avenue; Suite 1
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Lisa Dructor's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Dructor's areas of expertise include the following: syncope (fainting), headache, and eczema. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, CIGNA Plans, and more. She attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Virtua Marlton Hospital and Associates in Internal Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Eczema, Diabetes Management, Cellulitis, Conjunctivitis, Erectile Dysfunction, Edema, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kelly Dzialo's area of specialization is general pediatrics. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. Dzialo trained at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children for her residency. These areas are among her clinical interests: bulimia, warts, and cardiac risk reduction. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, QualCare, and more.

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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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