We found 7 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna HMO near Dallas, TX.

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Dr. Viralkumar Vinaychandra Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Viralkumar Patel specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. Dr. Patel's practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical Procedures, ERCP, Heartburn, Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
5959 Harry Hines Boulevard; Po Box 1, Suite 520
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Tojo Thomas, who practices in Sugar Land, TX, Houston, TX, and Dallas, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas takes. Dr. Thomas's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
3410 Worth Street; Suite 860
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Ranjeeta Bahirwani works as an adult gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist in Dallas, TX. Her areas of expertise consist of hepatitis, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. Dr. Bahirwani is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Liver Cancer, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease

Dr. Oriyomi Odunlami Fayiga, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Yomi Fayiga's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Fayiga attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at Parkland Health & Hospital System and Baylor University Medical Center for residency. He has a special interest in colon problems, surgical procedures, and rectal problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fayiga honors. Dr. Fayiga speaks Yoruba. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Texas Oncology. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Colon Problems

Dr. Jeffrey Scott Stephens, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
3600 Gaston Avenue; Suite 958
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Stephens sees patients in Kaufman, TX, Rockwall, TX, and Dallas, TX. His medical specialty is general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stephens include cancer surgery, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Stephens takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he completed his residency training at Baylor University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Stephens's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hernia, Cancer Surgery, Breast Surgery, Appendectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Royce Cloud, MD
Specializes in Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
3409 Worth Street; Suite 600
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Robert Cloud's medical specialty is colon & rectal surgery. His education and training includes medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and residency at Baylor University Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: diverticular disease, anorectal surgery, and colon cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Cloud average 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cloud accepts. He is affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, Dallas Diagnostic Association, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. Dr. Cloud's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Diverticular Disease, Anorectal Surgery, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy

Dr. Colleen Irene Kennedy, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
3808 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Colleen Kennedy is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in Rockwall, TX, Dallas, TX, and Plano, TX. Her areas of expertise include anti-reflux surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kennedy accepts. Dr. Kennedy studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall. Dr. Kennedy is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Anti-Reflux Surgery, Gastric Bypass Surgery, ... (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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