We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Employers Health Network near Katy, TX.
Dr. Spencer Li is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Katy, TX and Houston, TX. In his practice, he is particularly interested in colon cancer and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Li studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Li accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease
All Interests: Colon Cancer, Crohns Disease, GI Disease
Dr. Joey Bluhm is a general surgery specialist in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Katy, TX. His areas of expertise consist of thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Bluhm graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for his residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Bluhm average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has an open panel.
Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Gallstones, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)
Dr. Dieu Ngo is a general surgery specialist. His clinical interests include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. Dr. Ngo is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston and a hospital affiliated with Temple University. Dr. Ngo honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease
All Interests: Amputees, Biopsy, Breast Biopsy, Breast Surgery, Colon Cancer, Crohns Disease, Gallstones, ... (Read more)
Dr. Sammy Khoury is a general surgery specialist. Dr. Khoury attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Lankenau Medical Center for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Khoury include thyroid problems, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Khoury takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is open to new patients.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids
All Interests: Abdominal Surgery, Appendectomies, Breast biopsy, Breast Cancer, Breast Exams, Breast surgery, ... (Read more)
Dr. Viswanath Kalapatapu works as an internist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. Areas of expertise 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. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)
All Interests: Heart Failure, Allergic Rhinitis, Alzheimers Disease, Anemia, Arrhythmias, Arthritis, Asthma, ... (Read more)
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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.