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We found 15 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana Silver 3800/HMO Premier near Katy, TX.

Dr. William Alexander Currie, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
21700 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite 201
Katy, TX
 

Dr. William Currie specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Katy, TX. Patient reviews placed Dr. Currie at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colitis

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Colitis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Ulcers, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Memory Loss

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

Dr. James Maher is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Maher include pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Maher's 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, 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 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. Branden Hsu, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1331 W Grand Parkway N; Suite 340
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Branden Hsu practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Texas Oncology, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Hsu attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Hsu is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer, Blood Disorders, Breast Cancer

Dr. Gretchen Mary Zimmerman, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 580
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Gretchen Zimmerman's specialty is general surgery. Her areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), thyroid problems, and minor surgery. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zimmerman attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Zimmerman has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Minor Surgery, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Stomach Surgery, Head ... (Read more)

Dr. Omar Isaac Madriz, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 580
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Omar Madriz's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Bunker Hill Village, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Madriz is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Madriz's areas of expertise include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Madriz honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Madriz is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Rectal Bleeding, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez works as a family medicine physician in Katy, TX and Houston, TX. Her areas of expertise include knee problems, warts, and menopause. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alvarez is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Alvarez graduated from Autonomous University of Central America and the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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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. 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. 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. 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)

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

Dr. William Albrecht's specialty is general surgery. Dr. Albrecht's areas of expertise include the following: breast biopsy, breast surgery, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency for residency. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Albrecht's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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

Dr. Scott Thomas McKnight, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 580
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Scott McKnight is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Dr. McKnight accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. McKnight has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , anorectal problems, inflammatory bowel disease, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Fecal Incontinence, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Anorectal Problems, Colonoscopy, Inflammatory ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Arturo Gonzalez's specialty is general surgery. He attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. He has a special interest in breast biopsy, minor surgery, and hemorrhoids. Dr. Gonzalez has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Gonzalez 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. Sunil Kumar Chillakuru Reddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
23923 Cinco Ranch Boulevard; Suite 400
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Sunil Reddy is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Reddy is conversant in Telugu. He is especially interested in peptic ulcer, colon cancer, and endoscopy. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Reddy attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and Osmania Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Coney Island Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reddy accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, colon cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Endoscopy, Peptic Ulcer

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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.