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

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

Dr. Leroy Odom's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Odom's areas of clinical interest consist of hepatobiliary disorders, hemorrhoids, and hemochromatosis. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Odom speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). His practice is open to 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). Dr. Egwim's clinical interests include 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. He is a graduate of the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. Dr. Egwim 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. Victor Wei-Ming Yang, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Victor Yang is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yang include ablation, ulcers, and anemia. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yang accepts. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Yang is open to new patients.

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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 works as an internist. Before completing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Granier attended medical school at the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Granier's areas of expertise include prostate problems, warts, and thyroid problems. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Granier's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. He has an open panel.

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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's medical specialty is adult hematology and adult oncology. These areas are among Dr. Nguyen's clinical interests: colon cancer, bone marrow aspiration, and blood disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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 is a medical specialist in general surgery. Dr. Khoury's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Before performing his residency at Lankenau Medical Center, Dr. Khoury attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Khoury's office for an appointment.

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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)

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

Dr. James Wallace sees patients in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His medical specialty is general surgery. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and laparoscopic colectomy. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Wallace is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Wallace is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He 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 practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Das attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. For Dr. Das's professional training, Dr. Das completed a residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Das include colon cancer, laparoscopic colectomy, and laparoscopic small bowel resection. The average patient rating for Dr. Das is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Das accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Das has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Das is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Das welcomes 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.