We found 3 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare HSA near Galveston, TX.

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Dr. Gabriel H Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX

Dr. Gabriel Lee is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas problems, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Lee is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX

Dr. Andrea Duchini is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). He works in Houston, TX and Galveston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas problems, endoscopic sclerotherapy, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Duchini is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Duchini's office for an appointment. He is a graduate of the University of Florence Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer

All Interests: Sclerotherapy, Liver Transplant, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Biliary Disorders, Liver Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Randall D Ernst, MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX

Dr. Randy Ernst practices diagnostic radiology. Dr. Ernst is professionally affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare EPO, United Healthcare Bronze, and United Healthcare Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , colorectal cancer

All Interests: MRI, CT Scan, Colorectal Cancer

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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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