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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 practices adult gastroenterology. Patients gave Dr. Maher an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Maher include pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Maher honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School.

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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. Victor Wei-Ming Yang, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
3319 Sterling Vista Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Victor Yang practices adult gastroenterology in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: ablation, ulcers, and anemia. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Yang graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Yang's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He 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. Spencer Chun Yueh Li, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
21316 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Spencer Li is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Li include colon cancer and crohn's disease. Dr. Li is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Li is open to new patients.

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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. Pedro Miguel Arguello, MD
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. Dr. Arguello has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). 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. His practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Guayaquil Faculty of Medical Sciences.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Sclerotherapy, Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Endoscopy, ERCP

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

Dr. Sunil Patel is an oncologist and hematologist. His areas of expertise include anemia, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel accepts. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Patel attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Patel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is open to new patients.

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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 is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. He works in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. He attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Jasani trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. These areas are among Dr. Jasani's clinical interests: colon cancer, bone marrow aspiration, and lymphoma. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Jasani is open to new patients.

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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. Elizabeth Alvarez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
21376 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Alvarez's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alvarez include knee problems, warts, and menopause. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. After attending Autonomous University of Central America and the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Dr. Alvarez's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. She 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. Dieu rick Rick Quang Rick Ngo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 560a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Dieu Ngo practices general surgery. Dr. Ngo is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His residency was performed at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston and a hospital affiliated with Temple University. These areas are among his clinical interests: amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ngo honors. Dr. Ngo is professionally 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. Patients rated Dr. Bluhm highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Bluhm 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. 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. Dr. Kalapatapu's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, prostate problems, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kalapatapu takes. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

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

Dr. Sammy Khoury is a specialist in general surgery. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Lankenau Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Patients rated Dr. Khoury highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khoury accepts. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Khoury is accepting 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. Ricardo Mauricio Bonnor, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
21720 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite 303a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Ricardo Bonnor's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. These areas are among Dr. Bonnor's clinical interests: cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and colon cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Bonnor average 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bonnor welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Skin Cancer, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. William Albrecht works as a general surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Albrecht include breast biopsy, breast surgery, and colon cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Albrecht attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete his residency at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Small Bowel ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Arturo Gonzalez is a general surgery specialist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. Dr. Gonzalez's clinical interests include breast biopsy, minor surgery, and hemorrhoids. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gonzalez studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

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