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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2000 Crawford; Suite 1300
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Leroy Odom is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for his residency. Dr. Odom has a special interest in endoscopic sclerotherapy, hepatobiliary disorders, and hemorrhoids. Dr. Odom 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, Hemorrhoids, Endoscopy, ERCP, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chukwuma Ikechukwu Egwim, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 225
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Chukwuma Egwim is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). He works in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. His areas of expertise consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatobiliary disorders, and endoscopy. Dr. Egwim is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He studied medicine at the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Egwim is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, Endoscopy, Liver Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Luis Gonzalo Granier, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2900 Richmond Avenue; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Luis Granier's area of specialization is general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: prostate problems, warts, and thyroid problems. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Granier attended the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Granier's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. He is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sammy Elias Khoury, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sammy Khoury is a general surgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Khoury include thyroid problems, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Khoury average 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Khoury attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Lankenau Medical Center for residency. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Colposcopy, Peritoneal Catheter Placement, Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hema C Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 600; Medical Office Building 1
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hema Patel is an internist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include warts, thyroid problems, and moles. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Patel's office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Warts, Amenorrhea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cervical Dysplasia, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Scoliosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Other
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. James Wallace's specialty is general surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Wallace include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and laparoscopic colectomy. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Wallace studied medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Wallace accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Wallace has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bidhan B Das, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
6550 Fannin Street, Smith Tower; Suite 2307
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bidhan Das' areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Das average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Das's areas of expertise include colon cancer, laparoscopic colectomy, and laparoscopic small bowel resection. Dr. Das's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Das is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Das has an open panel. Dr. Das is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Das has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, colon cancer, hemorrhoids, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Fecal Incontinence, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Small Bowel ... (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.

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