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We found 8 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Health Net PPO near Houston, TX.

Dr. Leroy Odom, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2000 Crawford; Suite 1300
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Leroy Odom's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Odom is especially interested in hepatobiliary disorders, hemorrhoids, and hemochromatosis. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Odom's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. 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 welcomes new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Chukwuma Egwim's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine); he sees patients in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hepatobiliary disorders, and endoscopy. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Egwim takes. Dr. Egwim graduated from the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Egwim has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. His practice is open to 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. Victor Wei-Ming Yang, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Victor Yang is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Yang include ablation, ulcers, and anemia. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Yang honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.

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

All Interests: Sclerotherapy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Luis Granier's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Granier obtained his medical school training at the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, warts, and thyroid problems. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Granier is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Alex Phuoc Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2130 W. Holcombe Boulevard; 10th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alex Nguyen is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Nguyen has a special interest in colon cancer, bone marrow aspiration, and blood disorders. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Nguyen has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Colon Cancer, Cancer, Blood Disorders

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

Dr. Sammy Khoury's area of specialization is general surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Khoury is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. After attending Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Lankenau Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Khoury welcomes new patients.

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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. James Oran Wallace, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. James Wallace works as a general surgeon in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Wallace has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and laparoscopic colectomy. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Wallace is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Wallace is accepting new patients.

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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 practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Das average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Das include colon cancer, laparoscopic colectomy, and laparoscopic small bowel resection. Dr. Das is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing Dr. Das's residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Das attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Das has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Das's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Das is open to new patients.

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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.