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We found 8 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. The average patient rating for Dr. Ball is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, ulcers, and biopsy. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Ball is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He welcomes 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 specializes in general surgery and thoracic surgery. She is especially interested in heart surgery. Dr. Banki is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She attended the University of Montreal Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. Dr. Banki (or staff) is conversant in 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, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Stenosis, Scleroderma, Acid Reflux, Esophagectomy, ... (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. In addition to English, he speaks Greek. He has a special interest in cancer, colon problems, and surgical procedures. Dr. Voloyiannis is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. He attended medical school at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cusick honors. She welcomes new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

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

Dr. Ali Mahmood, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
8520 W. Broadway Street; Suite 220
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Ali Mahmood practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mahmood include colon cancer, incontinence, and laparoscopic colectomy. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mahmood is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Mahmood's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Mahmood welcomes new patients.

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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' medical specialty is general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Patients rated Dr. Das highly, giving Dr. Das an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Das's clinical interests include colon cancer, laparoscopic colectomy, and laparoscopic small bowel resection. Dr. Das's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Das honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Das is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Das performed Dr. Das's residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Das has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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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 areas of specialization are adult oncology and medical oncology; she sees patients in Houston, TX. Her clinical interests include esophageal cancer, leukemia, and lung cancer. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Dr. Hasham-Jiwa takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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 general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Askenasy include colon cancer, incontinence, and crohn's disease. Dr. Askenasy is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Askenasy's office for an appointment.

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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.