We found 5 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 practices adult gastroenterology in Dallas, TX and Rowlett, TX. Dr. Patel's education and training includes medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and residency at Baylor University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include heartburn, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel honors. Dr. Patel has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. His 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 Transplant Hepatology
3410 Worth Street; Suite 860
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Ranjeeta Bahirwani is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. She studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Bahirwani include hepatitis, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. Dr. Bahirwani takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally 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. Colleen Irene Harrigan, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
3808 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Colleen Kennedy is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Rockwall, TX, Dallas, TX, and Plano, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Kennedy include gastric bypass surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and sleeve gastrectomy. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Rockwall. She studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Kennedy is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Gastric Bypass ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Enoch Wandrey, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
3409 Worth Street; Sammons Tower, Suite 600
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Daniel Wandrey is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Dr. Wandrey is especially interested in cancer, colon problems, and rectal problems. 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. Dr. Wandrey's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Rockwall, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Cancer, Colon Problems, Robotic Surgery

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

Dr. Jeffrey Stephens is a general surgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Stephens include cancer surgery, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Stephens obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Stephens speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Rockwall, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. Dr. Stephens 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)

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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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