We found 5 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze near Harlingen, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
512 Victoria Lane; Suite 2
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Nolan Perez is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Patients rated Dr. Perez highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He 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.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3101 South 77 Sunshine Strip; Suite A
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Wayne Green sees patients in Harlingen, TX. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
615 Camelot Drive
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Jason Phillips is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Harlingen, TX. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1806 Runnels Street
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Oral James sees patients in Harlingen, TX. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. James accepts.

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1810 Hale Avenue; Suite 9
Harlingen, TX
 

Dr. Mihaela Ringheanu practices pediatric gastroenterology in Harlingen, TX. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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