We found 6 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Live Oak, TX.

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Dr. Ricardo A Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12709 Toepperwein Road; Suite 301
San Antonio, TX
 

Dr. Ricardo Hernandez works as a gastroenterologist. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Hernandez trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas. Dr. Hernandez's areas of expertise consist of crohn's disease, colonoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Hernandez accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Methodist Health System.

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Clinical interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Colonoscopy

Dr. Clinton D Polhamus, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12709 Toepperwein Road; Suite 301
San Antonio, TX
 

Dr. Clinton Polhamus works as an adult gastroenterologist in San Antonio, TX. He is especially interested in colonoscopy, acid reflux (GERD), and constipation. Dr. Polhamus is affiliated with Methodist Health System. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Wright-Patterson Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Consultation, Colonoscopy, Constipation

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12850 Toepperwein Road
Live Oak, TX
 

Dr. Hays Arnold, who practices in Live Oak, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Arnold is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11485 Toepperwein Road; Suite 2
Live Oak, TX
 

Dr. David Jones' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11485 Toepperwein Road; Suite 2
Live Oak, TX
 

Dr. Oscar Ramirez, who practices in Live Oak, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11485 Toepperwein Road; Suite 2
Live Oak, TX
 

Dr. Michael Piesman's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Piesman honors. He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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