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We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO near Frisco, TX.

Dr. Octavio Armando De La Pena, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5601 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX

Dr. Octavio De La Pena is an adult gastroenterologist in Frisco, TX. He attended medical school at La Salle University, Mexican Faculty of Medicine. Dr. De La Pena's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. His areas of expertise include colon problems, gastric (stomach) ulcer, and screening colonoscopy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. De La Pena is affiliated with Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon problems

All Interests: Ulcers, Gastric Ulcer, Colon Problems, Screening Colonoscopy

Dr. Murali Mohan Alloju, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12505 Lebanon Road
Frisco, TX

Dr. Murali Alloju sees patients in Frisco, TX and Dallas, TX. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Alloju (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Alloju's areas of expertise consist of colon problems and endoscopic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. After attending Kakatiya Medical College and Osmania Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. Patients gave Dr. Alloju an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alloju accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Colon Problems

Dr. Dale Dudley Burleson Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
5575 Warren Parkway; Suite 306
Frisco, TX

Dr. Dale Burleson practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Burleson's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diverticular disease, crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer screening. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. Dr. Burleson honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas for residency. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Burleson (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, colon polyps

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Colon Polyps, Diverticular Disease, Colon Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Julianne Marie Santarosa, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
12505 Lebanon Road
Frisco, TX

Dr. Julianne Santarosa is a medical specialist in general surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Santarosa average 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: heartburn, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Santarosa's hospital/clinic affiliations include Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Santarosa obtained her medical school training at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, intestinal (bowel) problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Abdominal Problems, Intestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical Procedures, ... (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.