We found 12 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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Irving, TX and Grand Prairie, TX. His areas of expertise include diarrhea, indigestion, and barrett's esophagus. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vallera accepts. Dr. Vallera 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 professional affiliations include 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 Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
75 Main Street; Suite 150
Colleyville, TX
 

Dr. Jesse Smith is a physician who specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include dermabrasion, ear pain, and enlarged turbinates. Dr. Smith's professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Smith trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Top 10 MD; Fort Worth Top Doc; and American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Smith's office for an appointment.

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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. Jerry Lee Lugger, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
461 Westpark Way
Euless, TX
 

Dr. Jerry Lugger is a plastic surgery and hand surgery specialist. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Lugger include eyelid surgery, adjacent tissue transfer, and dermabrasion. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Before completing his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University, Dr. Lugger attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Lugger has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. He has an open panel.

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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, who practices in Grapevine, TX and Bedford, TX, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Aurora completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aurora include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Aurora's professional affiliations include North Hills Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. He 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. Joel Russel Maust, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
9003 Airport Freeway; Suite 300
North Richland Hills, TX
 

Dr. Joel Maust practices family medicine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include wheezing, atrial fibrillation, and diabetes screening. 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 attended medical school at 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. Dr. Maust's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, and USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas. He has an open panel.

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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. Dr. Lam's areas of expertise include well women care, migraine, and depression. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Lam attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: NCQA Diabetes Recognition Recognized for providing the highest-level of diabetes care. Dr. Lam 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. Michael William Bryan, 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 and practices in Bedford, TX and Grapevine, TX. Dr. Bryan's areas of expertise include diverticular disease, colorectal cancer screening, and hemorrhoids. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. 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. Bryan's office for an appointment. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer

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

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

Dr. Peter Grays' medical specialty is general surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of colon surgery, inguinal hernia repair, and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. Dr. Grays's professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Grays studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Columbus Hospital, Chicago. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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 practices general surgery in Hurst, TX and Trophy Club, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Brancel average 3.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include venous disease, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. Dr. Brancel's hospital/clinic affiliations include North Hills Hospital and Baylor Scott & White Health. He 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. Dr. Brancel obtained his medical school training 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 and performed his residency at Grandview Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Steven Schierling, who practices in Bedford, TX, Irving, TX, and Grapevine, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery. His areas of expertise include breast issues, gallbladder problems, and colon problems. Dr. Schierling is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake, Las Colinas Medical Center, and USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas. He is a graduate of Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Scott and White Healthcare. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schierling accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, Hernia, Breast Issues, Colon Problems, Minimally ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Bridget Holden sees patients in Trophy Club, TX, Colleyville, TX, and Dallas, TX. Her medical specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Holden is especially interested in esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. She 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 attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, she completed her residency training 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)

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

Dr. Robert Snow practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Hurst, TX and Trophy Club, TX. He has a special interest in laparoscopic gastric banding. Dr. Snow is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, 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. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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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.

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