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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Irving, TX and Grand Prairie, TX. These areas are among Dr. Vallera's clinical interests: diarrhea, indigestion, and barrett's esophagus. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC). He graduated from Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Dr. Vallera accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 sees patients in Fort Worth, TX and Colleyville, TX. His medical specialties are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include dermabrasion, ear pain, and enlarged turbinates. Dr. Smith is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Smith include: Top 10 MD; Fort Worth Top Doc; and American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake. He is accepting 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. 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. Dr. Aurora's clinical interests include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include North Hills Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Aurora's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Joel Maust's area of specialization is family medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Maust's areas of expertise include the following: wheezing, atrial fibrillation, and diabetes screening. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, and USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Maust is accepting new patients. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For his professional training, Dr. Maust completed a residency program at Travis Air Force Base, David Grant USAF Medical Center.

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

Dr. Van Lam's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and general pediatrics; he sees patients in Carrollton, TX and Fort Worth, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Lam include well women care, migraine, and depression. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He has received the following distinction: NCQA Diabetes Recognition Recognized for providing the highest-level of diabetes care. Dr. Lam is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Michael Bryan's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Bedford, TX and Grapevine, TX. His areas of expertise include diverticular disease, laparoscopic colon surgery, and colorectal cancer screening. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bryan is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and a graduate of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center's residency program. Dr. Bryan is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. New patients are welcome to contact his 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. Peter Edward Grays, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
1909 Central Drive; Suite 202
Bedford, TX
 

Dr. Peter Grays, who practices in Bedford, TX and Trophy Club, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery. Before performing his residency at Columbus Hospital, Chicago, Dr. Grays attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Grays's areas of clinical interest consist of colon surgery, inguinal hernia repair, and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Grays is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital 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's specialty is general surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: venous disease, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. Dr. Brancel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from 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 he performed his residency at Grandview Medical Center. Dr. Brancel is professionally affiliated with North Hills Hospital 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. He is especially interested in laparoscopic gastric banding. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Snow takes. Dr. Snow graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Stomach Problems

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

Dr. Bridget Holden works as a bariatric surgeon in Trophy Club, TX and Colleyville, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Holden include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Holden is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Holden completed a residency program at Baylor University Medical Center. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Holden is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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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