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We found 12 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Unicare near Richmond, TX.

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

Dr. Nitesh Vachhani is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Vachhani average 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vachhani include pancreas problems, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Vachhani is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is open to new patients. After attending the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, Dr. Vachhani 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

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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include polyps, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Shannon is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Shannon is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency 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 is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and nutrition issues. 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. Dr. Thakkar attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Richmond, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Peddamatham include pancreas problems, ulcers, and anemia. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati. Dr. Peddamatham is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 and practices in Houston, TX. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Manner include anemia, colon cancer, and bone marrow aspiration. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Manner honors. He studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Manner has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Manner speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He 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. John David Fisher, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 490
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. John Fisher specializes in general surgery and practices in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Fisher's areas of expertise include laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, and hemorrhoids. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Fisher average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

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

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

Dr. Joey Bluhm is a general surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Bluhm include thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Bluhm obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bluhm's practice is open to 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 is a general surgeon in Sugar Land, TX. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston. His areas of expertise include the following: minor surgery, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Dr. Moore has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moore honors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Moore 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 sees patients in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His medical specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and colon cancer. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Wood honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Wood is open to 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 sees patients in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His medical specialty is general surgery. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ponce De Leon include thyroid problems, colon cancer, and laparoscopic colectomy. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Ponce De Leon's professional affiliations include 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, small intestine disorders, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Colon Cancer, ... (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's area of specialization is adult oncology. These areas are among Dr. Popatia's clinical interests: bladder cancer, leukemia, and anemia. 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 graduated from Dow Medical College. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Popatia welcomes 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. Bushra Iqbal Cheema, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1601 Main Street; Suite 500a
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Bushra Cheema is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in Richmond, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Cheema's areas of expertise include colon cancer, biopsy, and chemotherapy. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She graduated from Nishtar Medical College. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cheema's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Brain Cancer, Colon Cancer, Cancer, Lymphoma, Head and Neck Cancer, Biopsy, ... (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.