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We found 9 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze HMO near Rowlett, TX.

Dr. John Chung-Lam Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7501 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 260
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. John Lee is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Lee's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include pancreas problems, peptic ulcer, and colorectal cancer screening. His professional affiliations include Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Lake Pointe Medical Center, and Digestive Health Associates of Texas (DHAT), P.A.. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lee honors. His practice is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Canada and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. In addition to English, Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pancreas Problems, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Peptic Ulcer

Dr. Viralkumar Vinaychandra Patel, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
7401 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 260
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Viralkumar Patel is a medical specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Patel include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). Dr. Patel is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Patel trained at Baylor University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, ERCP, Biliary Disorders, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sami Naci Arslanlar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7501 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 260
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Sami Arslanlar specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Arslanlar's areas of expertise include peptic ulcer, colorectal cancer screening, and colonoscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Arslanlar trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In addition to English, Dr. Arslanlar (or staff) speaks Spanish and Turkish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), peptic ulcer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, Peptic Ulcer

Dr. Jairo Rafael Olivares, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
10-110 Waterview Parkway
Roulett, TX
 

Dr. Jairo Olivares works as a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Olivares include bladder cancer, thyroid cancer, and bone marrow exam (aspiration and biopsy). Dr. Olivares is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Texas Oncology. Dr. Olivares accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Cartagena Faculty of Medicine and residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach tumor, colorectal problems, rectal cancer, stomach problems, colon cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colon problems, rectal problems, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Vulvar Cancer, Rectal Problems, Abdominal Cancer, Eyelid Problems, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Roberto Rodriguez-Ruesga, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
3142 Horizon Road; Suite 110
Rockwall, TX
 

Dr. Roberto Rodriguez-Ruesga's medical specialty is general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic and Butterworth Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Rodriguez-Ruesga honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Rodriguez-Ruesga is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, and Texas Oncology.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Cancer Surgery, Ulcerative Colitis, Robotic Surgery

Dr. David W Ritter, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
7501 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 270
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. David Ritter is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include thyroid problems, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic gastric banding. Dr. Ritter has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ritter 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. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. Dr. Ritter is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Thyroid Problems, Weight Loss, Weight Management, ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine Rose Makohon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
6800 Scenic Drive
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Makohon, who practices in Rowlett, TX and Rockwall, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Makohon speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include diverticular disease, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. She attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Makohon completed a residency program at Methodist Health System. Dr. Makohon honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, bowel obstruction, intestinal (bowel) problems, appendicitis

All Interests: Appendicitis, Abdominal Problems, Intestinal Problems, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Scott Stephens, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
6800 Scenic Drive
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Stephens works as a general surgeon in Kaufman, TX, Rockwall, TX, and Dallas, TX. In addition to English, Dr. Stephens speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He trained at Baylor University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Stephens 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 has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Stephens welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hernia, Cancer Surgery, Breast Surgery, Appendectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher James Cottrell, MD
Specializes in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
7600 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 100
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Cottrell is a medical specialist in undersea and hyperbaric medicine, general surgery, and bariatric surgery. Dr. Cottrell has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include obesity, stomach surgery, and appendectomy. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing his residency at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, Dr. Cottrell attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Cottrell is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Lake Pointe Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Burns, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Surgical Procedures, Obesity, Stomach Surgery, ... (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.