We found 11 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Unicare near Richmond, TX.

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

Dr. Nitesh Vachhani is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Vachhani's areas of expertise include pancreas problems, endoscopic sclerotherapy, and colon cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Vachhani at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vachhani accepts. 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 Gastroenterology, Other
17510 West Grand Parkwy South; #220
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Gregory Shannon is a gastroenterologist. In his practice, Dr. Shannon focuses on polyps, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Shannon's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shannon is open to new patients.

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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's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and nutrition issues. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Thakkar obtained his medical school training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Thakkar honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

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

Dr. Kumara Peddamatham's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, endoscopic sclerotherapy, and ulcers. Dr. Peddamatham is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati. Dr. Peddamatham's medical residency was performed at Cabrini Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Peddamatham is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Joey Bluhm's area of specialization is general surgery. He 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. He has a special interest in thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. Patient reviews placed Dr. Bluhm at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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 Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bluhm's office for an appointment.

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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 surgery specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Moore average 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: minor surgery, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Dr. Moore is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Moore is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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

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

Dr. John Fisher's specialty is general surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Fisher at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic small bowel resection, and hemorrhoids. He 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. Dr. Fisher's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Laparoscopic Small Bowel Resection, Hemorrhoids, Laparoscopic ... (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. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ponce De Leon at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, colon cancer, and laparoscopic colectomy. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Ponce De Leon graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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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 S 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. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, leukemia, and anemia. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Popatia accepts. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, Dr. Popatia completed his residency training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Popatia 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)

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

Dr. Michael Wood's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wood's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and colon cancer. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Wood 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)

Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1601 Main Street; Suite 500a
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Bushra Cheema specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in Richmond, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Cheema's areas of expertise include colon cancer, biopsy, and chemotherapy. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Nishtar Medical College. Dr. Cheema is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She 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.

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