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We found 13 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Choice near Bedford, TX.

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

Dr. Raymond Vallera's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Vallera trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut for residency. His clinical interests include diarrhea, indigestion, and barrett's esophagus. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC), and Medical City Hospital (Dallas).

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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 Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
75 Main Street; Suite 150
Colleyville, TX
 

Dr. Jesse Smith practices plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed Dr. Smith at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include dermabrasion, ear pain, and enlarged turbinates. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Smith's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally 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, Bone Cancer, Cosmetic Surgery, Hyperparathyroidism, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Vikas Aurora works as a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. 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's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include North Hills Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. Dr. Aurora has an open panel.

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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. 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. His areas of expertise include the following: well women care, migraine, and depression. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Lam attended Tulane University School of Medicine. 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. Dr. Lam has received the distinction of NCQA Diabetes Recognition Recognized for providing the highest-level of diabetes care. He 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. Jerry Lee Lugger, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
461 Westpark Way
Euless, TX
 

Dr. Jerry Lugger is a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon. The average patient rating for Dr. Lugger is 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and thigh lift. Dr. Lugger's hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lugger's office for an appointment. He obtained his medical school training at Ohio State University College of Medicine and performed his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Eyelid Problems, Injectable Fillers, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Joel Maust sees patients in Carrollton, TX and North Richland Hills, TX. His medical specialty is family medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Maust include atrial fibrillation, diabetes screening, and appendicitis. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, and USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Maust graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His residency was performed 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, Diabetes Screening, Diabetes Management, Bronchitis, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Bryan is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist in Bedford, TX and Grapevine, TX. Dr. Bryan's areas of expertise include diverticular disease, colorectal cancer screening, and hemorrhoids. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Dr. Bryan attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. Dr. Bryan is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Hemorrhoids, Diverticular Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Steven James Schierling, MD
Specializes in Vein Disease, General Surgery
1615 Hospital Parkway; Suite 103
Bedford, TX
 

Dr. Steven Schierling practices vein disease (phlebology) and general surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), breast issues, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Schierling's professional affiliations include Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake, Las Colinas Medical Center, and USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schierling is accepting new patients. Before performing his residency at Scott and White Healthcare, Dr. Schierling attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. James David Mackey, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
1600 Hospital Parkway
Bedford, TX
 

Dr. James Mackey is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult oncology, and medical oncology. He works in Southlake, TX, Bedford, TX, and Irving, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, sinus cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Mackey's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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 Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Mackey is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, colon problems, rectal problems, colon polyps

All Interests: Bone Marrow Exam, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Rectal Problems, Abdominal Cancer, Eyelid Problems, Bone ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Peter Grays' specialty is general surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Grays speaks Spanish. He has a special interest in colon surgery, inguinal hernia repair, and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a graduate of Columbus Hospital, Chicago's residency program. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 is a general surgery specialist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include venous disease, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. Dr. Brancel has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of 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. For his professional training, Dr. Brancel completed a residency program at Grandview Medical Center. Dr. Brancel's professional affiliations include 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

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

Dr. Bridget Holden is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. Her areas of expertise consist of sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and upper endoscopy. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Holden attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Holden has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Upper Endoscopy, Stomach Problems, Gastric Bypass ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robert Snow's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is especially interested in laparoscopic gastric banding. Dr. Snow is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Snow studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Stomach Problems

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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.