We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana near Pearland, TX.
Dr. Daniel Ball works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Ball is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, ulcers, and biopsy. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Ball honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease
All Interests: ColoCARE Dr., Hepatic, Liver Disorders, Anal Rectal/Colon, Biliary Disease, Biopsy, Crohns Disease, ... (Read more)
Dr. Farzaneh Banki is a general surgeon and chest surgeon. Dr. Banki graduated from the University of Montreal Faculty of Medicine. She trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for her residency. In her practice, she is particularly 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. Dr. Banki (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Persian. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, achalasia, esophageal motility disorders, stomach cancer, acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Surgery - Thoracic and Cardiac, Foregut Surgery, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Minimal ... (Read more)
Dr. Theodoros Voloyiannis is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. He accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Voloyiannis speaks Greek. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , colon cancer
All Interests: Colon Cancer, Colon Rectal Surgery
Dr. Marianne Cusick is a physician who specializes in 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. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.
Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease
All Interests: Colon Cancer Screening, Benign and Malignant Conditions of the Colon, Rectum and Anus as well as ... (Read more)
Dr. Bidhan Das works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Dr. Das's areas of clinical interest consist of colon cancer, laparoscopic colectomy, and laparoscopic small bowel resection. Patients gave Dr. Das an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Das is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Das is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Das has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Das is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Das welcomes new patients.
Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, colon cancer, hemorrhoids, fecal incontinence
All Interests: Enhanced Recovery after Major Surgery, Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery, Robotic Colorectal ... (Read more)
Dr. Nadya Hasham-Jiwa works as an adult oncologist and medical oncologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, leukemia, and lung cancer. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Dr. Hasham-Jiwa is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hasham-Jiwa is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.
Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colorectal cancer
All Interests: Anemia, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Oncology
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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.