We found 10 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Cigna FocusIn Flex Gold 1000 near Bedford, TX.

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Dr. Raymond A Vallera, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2740 North Highway 360; Suite 100
Grand Prairie, TX
 

Dr. Raymond Vallera's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include diarrhea, indigestion, and barrett's esophagus. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vallera graduated from Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Vallera completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Dr. Vallera is professionally affiliated with Medical City Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Medical City Las Colinas.

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Relevant Interests: , indigestion, diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Liver Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jesse Ellis Smith, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
75 Main Street; Suite 150
Colleyville, TX
 

Dr. Jesse Smith, who practices in Fort Worth, TX and Colleyville, TX, is a medical specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include the following: dermabrasion, ear pain, and enlarged turbinates. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Smith performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received distinctions including Top 10 MD; Fort Worth Top Doc; and American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Smith's hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Southlake. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Enlarged Turbinates, Dizziness, Eyelid Retraction Repair, Thyroid Fine Needle ... (Read more)

Dr. Joel Russel Maust, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
9003 Airport Freeway; Suite 300
North Richland Hills, TX
 

Dr. Joel Maust is a family medicine practitioner. These areas are among Dr. Maust's clinical interests: wheezing, atrial fibrillation, and diabetes screening. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Plano, and USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at Travis Air Force Base, David Grant USAF Medical Center. Dr. Maust's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maust takes. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, appendicitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, diverticular disease, heartburn, ulcerative colitis, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, acid reflux (GERD), colitis, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Sports Health, Atrial Fibrillation, Wheezing, Diabetes Screening, Diabetes Management, Bronchitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vikas Aurora, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1609 Hospital Parkway; Suite 300
Bedford, TX
 

Dr. Vikas Aurora specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in Grapevine, TX and Bedford, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer. Dr. Aurora's hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City North Hills, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB). After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Aurora takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colorectal problems, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Abdominal Cancer, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Thoracic Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael William William, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1604 Hospital Parkway; Suite 505
Bedford, TX
 

Dr. Michael Bryan specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He has a special interest in diverticular disease, laparoscopic colon surgery, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Bryan is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB), and Texas Health Southlake. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bryan's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colon Surgery, Hemorrhoids, Diverticular Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening, ... (Read more)

Dr. Van Lam, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
9003 Airport Freeway; Suite 300
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Van Lam sees patients in Carrollton, TX and Fort Worth, TX. His medical specialties are general internal medicine and general pediatrics. Dr. Lam attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: well women care, migraine, and depression. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of NCQA Diabetes Recognition Recognized for providing the highest-level of diabetes care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas. Dr. Lam has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Sports Health, Eczema, Diabetes Screening, Diabetes Management, Immunization, ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Edward Grays, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
1909 Central Drive; Suite 202
Bedford, TX
 

Dr. Peter Grays is a medical specialist in general surgery. Dr. Grays's areas of clinical interest consist of colon surgery, inguinal hernia repair, and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he completed his residency training at Columbus Hospital, Chicago. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Fort Worth.

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Relevant Interests: , appendicitis

All Interests: Appendicitis, Hernia Surgery, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal, Inguinal Hernia Repair, Abdominal ... (Read more)

Dr. Dale Howard Brancel, MD, DO
Specializes in General Surgery
809 W Harwood Road; Suite 201
Hurst, TX
 

Dr. Dale Brancel works as a general surgeon. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Brancel include venous disease, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brancel accepts. He attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Grandview Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City North Hills and Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic Surgery, Da Vinci Surgery, Acid Reflux, Venous Disease

Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
1717 Precinct Line Road; Suite 204
Hurst, TX
 

Dr. Robert Snow's area of specialization is bariatric surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Snow include laparoscopic gastric banding. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Snow attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Snow is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Stomach Problems

Dr. Bridget Katherine Holden, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
5204 Colleyville Boulevard
Colleyville, TX
 

Dr. Bridget Holden specializes in bariatric surgery. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Holden include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Holden is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Holden accepts. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Holden performed her residency at Baylor University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Weight Loss, Stomach Problems, Duodenal Switch, ... (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.

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