We found 14 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana PPO near Katy, TX.

Dr. James Arthur Maher Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
21392 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. James Maher works as an adult gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Maher include pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Maher accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. 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, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Ulcers, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Spencer Li is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in colon cancer and crohn's disease. Dr. Li is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Li takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
21312 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Pedro Arguello sees patients in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Arguello include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), endoscopic sclerotherapy, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Arguello honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from the University of Guayaquil Faculty of Medical Sciences.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Sclerotherapy, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sunil Mohan Patel, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Internal Medicine, Hematology
19770 Kingsland Avenue; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sunil Patel is a medical specialist in oncology (cancer care) and hematology (blood disorders). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Patel attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include anemia, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Dr. Patel is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Houston Methodist and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lymphoma, Head and Neck Cancer, Anemia, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Nikesh Ramesh Jasani, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
19770 Kingsland Avenue; Suite 200
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Nikesh Jasani's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. He practices in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jasani include colon cancer, bone marrow aspiration, and lymphoma. Dr. Jasani's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Jasani's education and training includes medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Brain Cancer, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Urologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Ricardo Mauricio Bonnor, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
21720 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite 303a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Ricardo Bonnor is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Bonnor is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and colon cancer. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bonnor completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Bonnor is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Bonnor is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Juvederm, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Skin Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Dieu Ngo is a medical specialist in general surgery. His clinical interests include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. Dr. Ngo honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston and a hospital affiliated with Temple University, Dr. Ngo attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Ngo 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 is a general surgeon. Dr. Bluhm's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bluhm's practice is open to new patients. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

Dr. Arturo Gabriel Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 220
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Arturo Gonzalez's area of specialization is general surgery. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. Dr. Gonzalez's areas of expertise include the following: breast biopsy, minor surgery, and hemorrhoids. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gonzalez is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Minor Surgery, Hemorrhoids, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Wylie Moore, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 560a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Moore is a specialist in general surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Moore is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include minor surgery, colon cancer, and breast cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Moore is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and a graduate of St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Gallstones, Minor Surgery, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
21376 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez's medical specialty is family medicine. She has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Alvarez's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, warts, and menopause. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Alvarez graduated from Autonomous University of Central America and the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Medicine. She trained at Swedish Covenant Hospital for residency. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Alvarez has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Amenorrhea, Scoliosis, Kidney Stones, Gallstones, Hypertension, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sammy Elias Khoury, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23960 Katy Freeway; Suite 130
Katy, 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. Viswanath Kalapatapu, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1331 W Grand Parkway North; Suite 230
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Viswanath Kalapatapu is an internist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. Dr. Kalapatapu studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His clinical interests include knee problems, prostate problems, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He 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. Dr. Kalapatapu's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. 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)

Dr. William Clay Albrecht, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 560
Katy, TX
 

Dr. William Albrecht, who practices in Stafford, TX, Houston, TX, and Katy, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Albrecht include breast biopsy, breast surgery, and colon cancer. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing his residency at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency, Dr. Albrecht attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school. Dr. Albrecht is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, 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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