We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept CIGNA Open Access Plus near Rowlett, TX.
Dr. David Ritter is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Ritter's areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic gastric banding. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Ritter is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. Dr. Ritter has an open panel.
Relevant Interests: , stomach problems
All Interests: Adjustable Band, Bariatric Medicine (Weight Loss), Bariatric Minimally Invasive Surger, Bariatric ... (Read more)
Dr. Katherine Makohon specializes in general surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Makohon include diverticular disease, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy). Dr. Makohon is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is open to new patients. Dr. Makohon attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She trained at Methodist Health System for her residency. In addition to English, Dr. Makohon speaks Spanish.
Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, bowel obstruction, intestinal (bowel) problems, appendicitis
All Interests: Abdominal Pain, Appendectomy, Appendicitis, Bowel Diseases, Bowel Obstruction, Breast Cancer, ... (Read more)
Dr. Jeffrey Stephens is a general surgeon. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Stephens is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He trained at Baylor University Medical Center for his residency. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Stephens speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Stephens's office for an appointment.
Relevant Interests: , colon cancer
All Interests: Cholecystectomy, Colon Cancer, Appendectomy, Biopsies, Breast Cancer, Breast Surgery, Endocrine ... (Read more)
Dr. Colleen Kennedy's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. She practices in Rockwall, TX, Dallas, TX, and Plano, TX. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. These areas are among her clinical interests: anti-reflux surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy). Dr. Kennedy 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. Her professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kennedy's office for an appointment.
Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, acid reflux (GERD)
All Interests: Advanced Laparoscopy, Antireflux Surgery, Appendix Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Gallbladder Surgery, ... (Read more)
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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.