We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO near Frisco, TX.
Dr. Octavio De La Pena works as a gastroenterologist. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. De La Pena's areas of expertise include colon problems, gastric (stomach) ulcer, and screening colonoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. Dr. De La Pena attended La Salle University, Mexican Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin for residency. 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.
Relevant Interests: , gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon problems
All Interests: Ulcers, Gastric Ulcer, Colon Problems, Screening Colonoscopy
Dr. Murali Alloju is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Alloju (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Alloju include colon problems. He is affiliated with Centennial Medical Center and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. He studied medicine at Kakatiya Medical College and Osmania Medical College. Dr. Alloju trained at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Alloju average 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.
Relevant Interests: , colon problems
All Interests: Colon Problems
Dr. Dale Burleson works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Plano, TX and Frisco, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Burleson is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas for residency. Dr. Burleson has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Burleson (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. Dr. Burleson welcomes new patients.
Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, colon polyps
All Interests: Rectal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, Colon Polyps, Diverticular ... (Read more)
Dr. Julianne Santarosa is a physician who specializes in general surgery. She attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. Dr. Santarosa's areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Santarosa's hospital/clinic affiliations include Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Mercy Hospital - St. Louis, MO. She has an open panel.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, intestinal (bowel) problems, acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Abdominal Problems, Laparoscopic Fundoplication, Intestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)
Dr. Salim Jabbour's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer, crohn's disease, and colon problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Jabbour average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Baylor University Medical Center, Dr. Jabbour attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. Dr. Jabbour is accepting new patients.
Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems
All Interests: Rectal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, Cancer, Colon Problems, ... (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.