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We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana near Pearland, TX.

Dr. Daniel Webster Iii Ball III, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
11914 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 270
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Daniel Ball's specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas problems, ulcers, and biopsy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Ball studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Ball is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Ball is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease

All Interests: Incontinence, Sclerotherapy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Farzaneh Banki, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
11914 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 280
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Farzaneh Banki is a medical specialist in general surgery and thoracic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Banki include heart surgery. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Banki attended the University of Montreal Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Banki (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Persian. Dr. Banki is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, achalasia, stomach cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Stenosis, Scleroderma, Heart Surgery, Trachea Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Theodoros Voloyiannis, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
11920 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 490
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Theodoros Voloyiannis is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of cancer, colon problems, and surgical procedures. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Voloyiannis honors. Dr. Voloyiannis graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. He is conversant in Greek. Dr. Voloyiannis is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Surgical Procedures, Cancer

Dr. Marianne Vandromme Vandromme, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
11920 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 330
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Marianne Cusick is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, TX. Dr. Cusick is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. She attended Morehouse School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama for residency. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Inflammatory ... (Read more)

Dr. Bidhan B Das, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
11920 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 330
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bidhan Das works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Das's areas of expertise include colon cancer, laparoscopic colectomy, and laparoscopic small bowel resection. Dr. Das is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Das's education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Das's average patient rating is 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. Das takes. Dr. Das has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Das's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, colon cancer, hemorrhoids, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Fecal Incontinence, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Small Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Nadya Hasham-Jiwa, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
11920 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 150
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Nadya Hasham-Jiwa practices adult oncology and medical oncology in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Hasham-Jiwa include esophageal cancer, leukemia, and lung cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hasham-Jiwa takes. Dr. Hasham-Jiwa attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hasham-Jiwa is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Leukemia, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer, Anemia, Colorectal Cancer, Breast Cancer

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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.