We found 11 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Choice 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 medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vallera include diarrhea, indigestion, and barrett's esophagus. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan. He obtained his medical school training at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. He is 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's areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat); he sees patients in Fort Worth, TX and Colleyville, TX. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include dermabrasion, ear pain, and enlarged turbinates. His professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Southlake. Dr. Smith takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Smith has received include Top 10 MD; Fort Worth Top Doc; and American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He speaks Spanish.

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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 works as a family medicine practitioner in Carrollton, TX and North Richland Hills, TX. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Maust's areas of expertise include 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. Dr. Maust is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, he performed his residency 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. Jerry Lee Lugger, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
461 Westpark Way
Euless, TX
 

Dr. Jerry Lugger practices plastic surgery and hand surgery in Euless, TX and Southlake, TX. Dr. Lugger has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, adjacent tissue transfer, and dermabrasion. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lugger takes. Dr. Lugger studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lugger completed residency programs at Ohio State University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Lugger is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Butt Augmentation, Sclerotherapy, Nipple ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Vikas Aurora's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. These areas are among Dr. Aurora's clinical interests: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City North Hills, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB). He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Michael William William, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1604 Hospital Parkway; Suite 505
Bedford, TX
 

Dr. Michael Bryan is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Bryan include diverticular disease, laparoscopic colon surgery, and colorectal cancer screening. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB), and Texas Health Southlake. Dr. Bryan studied medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Bryan's training includes a residency program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bryan accepts. 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. Van Lam, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
9003 Airport Freeway; Suite 300
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Van Lam's specialties are general internal medicine and general pediatrics. Dr. Lam's clinical interests include well women care, migraine, and depression. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Lam trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for his residency. He has received the distinction of NCQA Diabetes Recognition Recognized for providing the highest-level of diabetes care. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas. His practice is open to new patients.

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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, who practices in Bedford, TX and Trophy Club, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Grays include colon surgery, inguinal hernia repair, and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a graduate of Columbus Hospital, Chicago's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with 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's specialty is general surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include venous disease, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. Dr. Brancel is affiliated with Medical City North Hills and Baylor Scott & White Health. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing his residency at Grandview Medical Center, Dr. Brancel attended medical school at 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.

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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 is a bariatric surgery specialist. Dr. Snow attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in laparoscopic gastric banding. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. 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 Katherine Holden, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
5204 Colleyville Boulevard
Colleyville, TX
 

Dr. Bridget Holden is a bariatric surgery specialist in Trophy Club, TX and Colleyville, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Holden include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Holden's average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Before completing her residency at Baylor University Medical Center, Dr. Holden attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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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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