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

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

Dr. Stanley Stein is a gastroenterologist. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stein include diabetes, pancreas problems, and ulcers. Dr. Stein is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Stein's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. His residency was performed 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 specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas problems, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Vachhani accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Vachhani's professional affiliations include 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), colon cancer, Crohn's disease

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

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

Dr. Gregory Shannon practices adult gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of polyps, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Shannon is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shannon's office for an appointment.

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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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Wharton, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Thakkar include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and nutrition issues. Dr. Thakkar's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Thakkar attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Thakkar is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

Dr. Kumara S Peddamatham, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1601 Main Street; Suite 407
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Kumara Peddamatham, who practices in Richmond, TX and Sugar Land, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Peddamatham include pancreas problems, ulcers, and anemia. Dr. Peddamatham is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Peddamatham honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati.

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

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

Dr. Charles Elmer Manner Jr., MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1213 Herman Drive; Suite 855
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Manner specializes in surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Manner at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: anemia, colon cancer, and bone marrow aspiration. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Manner's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Manner is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is open to 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's specialty is general surgery. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Mehta's residency was performed at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Mehta is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss, Acid Reflux, Bariatric Revision ... (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's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Bajwa studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Temple University for residency. He has a special interest in robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bajwa takes. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land 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 is a general surgeon. The average patient rating for Dr. Fisher is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fisher include laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, and hemorrhoids. Dr. Fisher's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fisher's office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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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 practices general surgery. Dr. Aramburo has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is a graduate of Meharry Medical College. Dr. Aramburo's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. His hospital/clinic 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 specializes in general surgery and practices in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Katy, TX. Patients rated Dr. Bluhm highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Bluhm attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for residency.

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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's area of specialization is general surgery. 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Moore include minor surgery, colon cancer, and breast cancer. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Moore accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is 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

All Interests: Gallstones, Minor Surgery, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Gallbladder ... (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 is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist. Dr. Wood's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Wood is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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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 is a general surgeon in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, colon cancer, and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Ponce De Leon has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Ponce De Leon welcomes new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Scott McKnight is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Katy, TX. Dr. McKnight is an in-network provider for 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 residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. McKnight's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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

All Interests: Fecal Incontinence, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Anorectal Problems, Colonoscopy, Inflammatory ... (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 adult oncology specialist. Dr. Popatia's clinical interests include bladder cancer, leukemia, and anemia. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is a graduate of Dow Medical College. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting 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)

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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.