We found 5 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Cigna FocusIn EPO near Fort Worth, TX.

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Dr. Lori Lynn Gordon, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1420 8th Avenue; Suite 103
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Lori Gordon works as a colon and rectal surgeon in Fort Worth, TX. She speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Dr. Gordon is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Dr. Gordon attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Diverticular Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Colorectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Houston Shelton, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
900 West Magnolia Avenue; Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Shelton practices adult gastroenterology in Fort Worth, TX. He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shelton include stomach tumor, colon polypectomy, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Dr. Shelton graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shelton honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Gastrostomy, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Gallstones, Gastritis, Enteroscopy, Intestinal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1420 8th Avenue; Suite 103
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Eduardo Castillo is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Fort Worth, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: tumor, colon polyps, and diverticular disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Castillo graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Castillo completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Care. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Bleeding, Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Glen Douglas Hooker, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1420 8th Avenue; Suite 103
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Glen Hooker is a colon and rectal surgeon. His areas of expertise include the following: rectal cancer, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Dr. Hooker is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Hooker graduated from The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. His medical residency was performed at Baylor University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with The University of Western Ontario.

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All Interests: Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Bowel Resection, Colectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pavani Muddasani, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 8th Avenue; Suite 632
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Pavani Muddasani's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Muddasani include hepatitis C, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and gastric (stomach) ulcer. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Muddasani is a graduate of Osmania University and Kakatiya Medical College. Her residency was performed at UPMC Shadyside. She is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Resources.

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All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Manometry, Esophagitis, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.
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