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We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna HMO near Dallas, TX.

Dr. Tojo Thomas, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
5959 Harry Hines Boulevard; Po Box 1, Suite 520
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Tojo Thomas is an adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology specialist in Sugar Land, TX, Houston, TX, and Dallas, TX. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Thomas's areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare EPO. Dr. Thomas is open to new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago.

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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)

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

Dr. Ranjeeta Bahirwani is an adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology specialist. She attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. In Dr. Bahirwani's practice, she is particularly interested in hepatitis, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

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

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

Dr. Jeffrey Stephens works as a general surgeon in Kaufman, TX, Rockwall, TX, and Dallas, TX. In addition to English, Dr. Stephens speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He trained at Baylor University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Stephens is an in-network provider 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 welcomes new patients.

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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 works as a colon and rectal surgeon. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, colon cancer, and colorectal cancer screening. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cloud accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cloud graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, Dallas Diagnostic Association, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Diverticular Disease, 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. Her clinical interests include anti-reflux surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Dr. Kennedy is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Kennedy accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to 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.