We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna HMO near 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. Dr. Thomas attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. His areas of expertise include pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Thomas is in-network for United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, hemorrhoids
All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, Pancreas Problems, ... (Read more)
Dr. Ranjeeta Bahirwani's specialties are adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. She studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: hepatitis, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. Dr. Bahirwani takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.
Relevant Interests: , liver cancer
All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Liver Cancer, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease
Dr. Jeffrey Stephens is a general surgery specialist. Dr. Stephens is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Baylor University Medical Center, Dr. Stephens attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Stephens has an open panel.
Relevant Interests: , colon cancer
All Interests: Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hernia, Cancer Surgery, Breast Surgery, Appendectomy, ... (Read more)
Dr. Robert Cloud practices colon & rectal surgery in Rockwall, TX, Dallas, TX, and Greenville, TX. Before performing his residency at Baylor University Medical Center, Dr. Cloud attended Tulane University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cloud include diverticular disease, colon cancer, and colorectal cancer screening. Patient ratings for Dr. Cloud average 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. Dr. Cloud is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer
All Interests: Colon Cancer, Diverticular Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy
Dr. Colleen Kennedy, who practices in Rockwall, TX, Dallas, TX, and Plano, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Kennedy studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Kennedy include anti-reflux surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kennedy is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. She is open to new patients.
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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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.