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We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Employers Health Network near Katy, TX.

Dr. Spencer Chun Yueh Li, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
21316 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Spencer Li's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Li attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He has a special interest in colon cancer and crohn's disease. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Dieu rick Rick Quang Rick Ngo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 560a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Dieu Ngo practices general surgery in Katy, TX, Stafford, TX, and Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ngo include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston and a hospital affiliated with Temple University. Dr. Ngo is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Breast Biopsy, Kidney Stones, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Minor Surgery, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Joey Michael Bluhm, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Frwy.; Suite 560a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Joey Bluhm specializes in general surgery and practices in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Katy, TX. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Bluhm attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school. In his practice, he is particularly interested in thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. The average patient rating for Dr. Bluhm is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Bluhm's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gallstones, Thyroid Surgery, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sammy Elias Khoury, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23960 Katy Freeway; Suite 130
Katy, 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)

Dr. Viswanath Kalapatapu, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1331 W Grand Parkway North; Suite 230
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Viswanath Kalapatapu's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Kalapatapu include knee problems, prostate problems, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Kalapatapu graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Kalapatapu takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Depression, Contact Dermatitis, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Knee ... (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.