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We found 13 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare HMO near Richmond, TX.

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

Dr. Stanley Stein practices adult gastroenterology in Sugar Land, TX. These areas are among Dr. Stein's clinical interests: diabetes, pancreas problems, and ulcers. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Stein's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has an open panel.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Richmond, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Vachhani's clinical interests include pancreas problems, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Vachhani's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Vachhani 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)

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

Dr. Gregory Shannon is an adult gastroenterologist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shannon's areas of expertise include polyps, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Shannon accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and 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, who practices in Wharton, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Thakkar include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and nutrition issues. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Dr. Thakkar completed his residency training 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 has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1601 Main Street; Suite 407
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Kumara Peddamatham is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Richmond, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He attended medical school at Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati. Dr. Peddamatham's clinical interests include pancreas problems, ulcers, and anemia. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Peddamatham is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Charles Manner is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include lung cancer, anemia, and colon cancer. Dr. Manner accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Manner studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Manner is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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

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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Bluhm attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school. In his practice, he is particularly interested in thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. The average patient rating for Dr. Bluhm is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Bluhm's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He welcomes 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's specialty is general surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Moore include minor surgery, colon cancer, and breast cancer. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Moore's practice is open to new patients. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston for residency.

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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 is a general surgery specialist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Fisher include thyroid problems, colon cancer, and laparoscopic colectomy. He 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. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fisher's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Laparoscopic Small ... (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 surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Patient ratings for Dr. Wood average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wood's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Wood 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 specialist in general surgery. He works in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, colon cancer, and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Ponce De Leon is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. The average patient rating for Dr. Ponce De Leon is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ponce De Leon accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. 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. Bidhan B Das, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 190
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Bidhan Das practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Das attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. For Dr. Das's professional training, Dr. Das completed a residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Das include colon cancer, laparoscopic colectomy, and laparoscopic small bowel resection. The average patient rating for Dr. Das is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Das accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Das has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Das is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Das welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, colon cancer, hemorrhoids, fecal incontinence

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Fecal Incontinence, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Laparoscopic Small Bowel ... (Read more)

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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. Clinical interests for Dr. Cheema include lung cancer, colon cancer, and biopsy. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Cheema attended medical school at Nishtar Medical College. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Cheema welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

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