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We found 7 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Cigna FocusIn HSA Silver 2700 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Anderson include liver disease, colon problems, and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. 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. Dr. Olivares's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Olivares include bladder cancer, thyroid cancer, and bone marrow exam (aspiration and biopsy). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Cartagena Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Olivares completed a residency program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Olivares is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Texas Oncology.

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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 graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Limsenben include sinusitis (sinus infection), newborn care, and contraception (birth control). She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She speaks Chinese. Dr. Limsenben is professionally 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 works as a pediatrician in Garland, TX and Murphy, TX. Patients gave Dr. Abel an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include chronic sinusitis, newborn care, and contraception (birth control). She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Abel attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally 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 practices undersea and hyperbaric medicine, general surgery, and bariatric surgery. After attending Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Birdwell include cancer surgery, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, and open hernia repair. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Birdwell is professionally 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. Robert Andrew Kotas, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
511 West Fm 544; Suite 201
Murphy, TX
 

Dr. Robert Kotas' area of specialization is general pediatrics. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Kotas's areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), newborn care, and contraception (birth control). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is conversant in 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 specialist in general surgery. These areas are among Dr. Bailey's clinical interests: cancer surgery, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, and laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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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.