We found 9 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 area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ball include ulcers, crohn's disease, and gallstones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Ball graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ball at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Incontinence, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary ... (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. Dr. Banki obtained her medical school training at the University of Montreal Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She is especially interested in heart surgery. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Banki (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Persian. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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

All Interests: Achalasia, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Stenosis, Scleroderma, Acid Reflux, Esophagectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip Andrew Rascoe, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
11914 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 280
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Philip Rascoe is a general surgeon and chest surgeon in Houston, TX and Temple, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Rascoe include heart surgery. Dr. Rascoe is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Rascoe attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rascoe honors.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Esophagectomy, VATS Lobectomy, Hyperhidrosis, Heart Surgery, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Marianne Cusick practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Cusick is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama, Dr. Cusick attended Morehouse School of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

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

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

Dr. Theodoros Voloyiannis, who practices in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include cancer, colon problems, and surgical procedures. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Voloyiannis studied medicine at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. He speaks Greek. He is 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. Ali Mahmood, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
8520 W. Broadway Street; Suite 220
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Ali Mahmood's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He practices in Sugar Land, TX, Pearland, TX, and Houston, TX. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Mahmood's clinical interests include colon cancer, incontinence, and laparoscopic colectomy. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Mahmood welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Mahmood has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Incontinence, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Colon Cancer

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

Dr. Bidhan Das is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Bidhan Das works in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Das include colon cancer, laparoscopic colectomy, and laparoscopic small bowel resection. Dr. Das is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Das is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Das trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for residency. Dr. Das's average rating from Dr. Das's patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Das accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Das has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Das's practice is open to new patients.

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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's specialties are adult oncology and medical oncology. She practices in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hasham-Jiwa include esophageal cancer, leukemia, and lung cancer. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. She studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. 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 accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colorectal cancer

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

Dr. Erik Paul Askenasy, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
11920 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 330
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Erik Askenasy is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He works in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Webster, TX. These areas are among Dr. Askenasy's clinical interests: colon cancer, incontinence, and crohn's disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Askenasy's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Incontinence, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Laparoscopic Small Bowel ... (Read more)

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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.