We found 18 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna HSA near Richmond, TX.

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Dr. Stanley Howard Stein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
17510 W. Grand Parkway South
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Stanley Stein's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Stein include diabetes, pancreas problems, and ulcers. Dr. Stein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Stein welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University.

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

All Interests: Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nitesh B Vachhani, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1601 Main Street; Suite 401
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Nitesh Vachhani is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, endoscopic sclerotherapy, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Vachhani attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Vachhani average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Vachhani is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1601 Main Street; Suite 401
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Kumara Peddamatham, who practices in Richmond, TX and Sugar Land, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Peddamatham's clinical interests: pancreas problems, endoscopic sclerotherapy, and ulcers. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Peddamatham attended Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati and then went on to complete his residency at Cabrini Medical Center. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), hemorrhoids

All Interests: Brain AVM, Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, Pancreas ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory Lance Shannon, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
17510 West Grand Parkwy South; #220
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Gregory Shannon specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Sugar Land, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include polyps, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Shannon's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Shannon welcomes new patients. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Polyps, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Cancer, Colon Problems

Dr. Kalpesh Harshad Thakkar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
17510 W Grand Parkway S
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Kalpesh Thakkar works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. These areas are among Dr. Thakkar's clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and nutrition issues. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Thakkar welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopy, Nutrition Issues

Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1213 Herman Drive; Suite 855
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Manner's specialties are surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology. He practices in Houston, TX. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His areas of expertise include the following: anemia, colon cancer, and bone marrow aspiration. Patient reviews placed Dr. Manner at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Manner 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. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Manner welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sickle Cell Disease, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Leukemia, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sheilendra Suresh Mehta, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 190
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Sheilendra Mehta is a general surgeon in Houston, TX, Bellaire, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Mehta obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amirali Sadruddin Popatia, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Oncology
1603 Main Street, Suite 200; Richmond Professional Building
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Amirali Popatia is an oncologist in Richmond, TX, Houston, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Popatia include bladder cancer, leukemia, and anemia. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Popatia obtained his medical school training at Dow Medical College and performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Popatia accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Brain Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Head and Neck Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kulvinder Singh Bajwa, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 190
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Kulvinder Bajwa specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. His clinical interests include robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bajwa is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Breast Surgery, Rectal Surgery, Colon Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. John David Fisher, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 490
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. John Fisher sees patients in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. His medical specialty is general surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Fisher's clinical interests: laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, and hemorrhoids. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Fisher is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Laparoscopic Small Bowel Resection, Hemorrhoids, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles Joseph Aramburo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 490
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Charles Aramburo is a medical specialist in general surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Aramburo attended Meharry Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , small intestine disorders

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Hernia, Appendectomy, Small Intestine Disorders, Breast Cancer

Dr. Joey Michael Bluhm, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
17510 W. Grand Parkway South; Suite 490
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Joey Bluhm's medical specialty is general surgery. Dr. Bluhm is especially interested in thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. The average patient rating for Dr. Bluhm is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Bluhm attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Bluhm is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gallstones, Thyroid Surgery, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Wylie Moore, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
17510 W. Grand Parkway S.; #490
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Moore works as a general surgeon. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Moore include minor surgery, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Dr. Moore is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Moore is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Gallstones, Minor Surgery, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Thomas McKnight, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17510 W. Grand Parkway Southste 190
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Scott McKnight works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Katy, TX. Dr. McKnight is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , anorectal problems, inflammatory bowel disease, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery, Fecal Incontinence, Anorectal Problems, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Todd Wood, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17510 W. Grand Parwy. S.; #490
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Michael Wood works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Wood include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and colon cancer. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Wood is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest 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: Peritoneal Catheter Placement, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Guillermo Padron Ponce De Leon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
17510 Grand Parkway; Suite 490
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Guillermo Ponce De Leon's area of specialization is general surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, colon cancer, and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Ponce De Leon's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ponce De Leon is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Colon Cancer, ... (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.

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