We found 8 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Gold Compass Balanced 0 near Rowlett, TX.

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

Dr. John Lee works as an adult gastroenterologist in Rowlett, TX and Dallas, TX. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include heartburn, pancreas problems, and peptic ulcer. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Lee attended medical school at Canada and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis for his residency. Dr. Lee (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Lake Pointe Medical Center, and Digestive Health Associates of Texas (DHAT), P.A.. Dr. Lee welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Pancreas Problems, Heartburn, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Peptic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Viralkumar Patel sees patients in Dallas, TX and Rowlett, TX. His medical specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). Dr. Patel studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He trained at Baylor University Medical Center for residency. His areas of expertise include heartburn, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). Dr. Patel honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical Procedures, ERCP, Heartburn, Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Sami Arslanlar is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Rowlett, TX and Dallas, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Arslanlar's areas of expertise include heartburn, peptic ulcer, and colorectal cancer screening. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Arslanlar has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Arslanlar (or staff) speaks Spanish and Turkish. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. Dr. Arslanlar is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Heartburn, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisa Cristina Alvarez, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7501 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 260
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Lisa Alvarez is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Rowlett, TX and Dallas, TX. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Alvarez include heartburn, colorectal cancer screening, and surgical procedures. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Alvarez attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. Dr. Alvarez is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Heartburn, Acid Reflux, Surgical Procedures, Colorectal Cancer Screening

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

Dr. Jairo Olivares, who practices in Garland, TX and Roulett, TX, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include bone marrow exam (aspiration and biopsy), pituitary tumor surgery, and vulvar cancer. Dr. Olivares's hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Texas Oncology. After completing medical school at the University of Cartagena Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. On average, patients gave Dr. Olivares a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Olivares takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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

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 is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Dallas, TX, Rockwall, TX, and Mesquite, TX. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Rodriguez-Ruesga takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine and residency at Mayo Clinic and Butterworth Hospital. Dr. Rodriguez-Ruesga speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include 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 works as 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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ritter include thyroid problems, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Ritter is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Ritter is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

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

Dr. Colleen Irene Kennedy, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
3142 Horizon Road; Suite 202
Rockwall, TX
 

Dr. Colleen Kennedy specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kennedy include anti-reflux surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kennedy's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Anti-Reflux Surgery, Gastric Bypass 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.