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We found 8 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas near Murphy, TX.

Dr. Paul Kenneth Anderson, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4708 Alliance Boulevard, Baylor Medical Pavillion I; Suite 200
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Paul Anderson's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include liver disease, colon problems, and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). Dr. Anderson is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Anderson has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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

All Interests: Colon Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, ERCP

Dr. Jairo Rafael Olivares, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
10-110 Waterview Parkway
Roulett, TX
 

Dr. Jairo Olivares' specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, thyroid cancer, and bone marrow exam (aspiration and biopsy). Dr. Olivares is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Texas Oncology. After completing medical school at the University of Cartagena Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Patients rated Dr. Olivares highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach tumor, colorectal problems, rectal cancer, stomach problems, colon cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colon problems, rectal problems, pancreatic cancer

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Dr. Johanna Sison Sison Limsenben, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
511 West Fm 544; Suite 201
Murphy, TX
 

Dr. Johanna Limsenben works as a pediatrician in Garland, TX and Murphy, TX. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Her areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), newborn care, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Limsenben has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Limsenben takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Chinese. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, constipation

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Dr. Shawn Murphy Abel, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
511 West Fm 544; Suite 201
Murphy, TX
 

Dr. Shawn Abel's medical specialty is general pediatrics. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Abel's areas of expertise include the following: chronic sinusitis, newborn care, and contraception (birth control). Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Abel has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, constipation

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Dr. Russ Deacon Birdwell, MD
Specializes in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
3600 Shire Boulevard; Suite 104
Richardson, TX
 

Dr. Russ Birdwell sees patients in Garland, TX, McKinney, TX, and Dallas, TX. His medical specialties are undersea and hyperbaric medicine, general surgery, and bariatric surgery. Dr. Birdwell's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, and open hernia repair. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's residency program. Dr. Birdwell is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Bowel Resection, Colectomy, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Walter Stuart Johnston, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
3600 Shire Boulevard; Suite 104
Richardson, TX
 

Dr. Walter Johnston specializes in general surgery and practices in Garland, TX and Richardson, TX. Patients gave Dr. Johnston an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, open hernia repair, and laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Johnston accepts. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, rectal problems

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Dr. Robert Andrew Kotas, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
511 West Fm 544; Suite 201
Murphy, TX
 

Dr. Robert Kotas is a general pediatrician. His areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), newborn care, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Kotas is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Kotas is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, constipation

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Dr. Mark Louis Bailey, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
3600 Shire Boulevard; Suite 104
Richardson, TX
 

Dr. Mark Bailey is a general surgeon in Garland, TX and Richardson, TX. On average, patients gave Dr. Bailey a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, and laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Bailey attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, rectal problems

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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.