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We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Coventry PPO near Grapevine, TX.

Dr. Jennifer Killeen Lowney MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
1600 W College Street; Suite 440
Grapevine, TX
(817) 865-6200

Dr. Jennifer Lowney works as a colon and rectal surgeon. Her clinical interests include diverticular disease, crohn's disease, and hemorrhoids. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Lowney attended Boston University School of Medicine. She speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. Dr. Lowney is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer, constipation

All Interests: Anal Incontinence, Colon Cancer Prevention/Screening, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Constipation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vikas Aurora MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
1631 Lancaster Drive; Suite 150
Grapevine, TX
(817) 251-9080; (817) 359-9000

Dr. Vikas Aurora is an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Aurora include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Aurora attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, and Texas Oncology. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colorectal problems, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Abdominal Cancer, Benign Hematology, Bile Duct Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Bone Marrow Biopsy, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Lewis Green Jr MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
Southlake, TX
(817) 912-9775; (817) 207-9775

Dr. Michael Green's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Irving, TX, Fort Worth, TX, and Dallas, TX. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Green completed his residency training at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. His clinical interests include laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, colectomy (colon resection), and roux-en-y gastric bypass. Dr. Green's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Dr. Green has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, gastric (stomach) ulcer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Treatment of Gastric Ulcers, Advanced Laparoscopic General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Bowel ... (Read more)

Michael William Bryan MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery, General Surgery
1600 West College Street; Suite 690
Grapevine, TX
(817) 267-2678; (817) 488-5250

Dr. Michael Bryan's medical specialty is general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of diverticular disease, colorectal cancer screening, and hemorrhoids. Dr. Bryan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Bryan is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer Screening, Colorectal Cancer, Diverticulitis, Fissures, Hemorrhoids, Laparoscopic ... (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.