We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare near San Antonio, TX.
Dr. Fernando Membreno specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology and practices in San Antonio, TX and Live Oak, TX. Dr. Membreno's clinical interests include alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis C, and bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Methodist Health System and Southwest General Hospital. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Central America and a graduate of Staten Island University Hospital's residency program. Dr. Membreno takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.
Relevant Interests: , liver cancer
All Interests: Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Hepatitis B, Medication, Hepatitis C, Hemochromatosis, ... (Read more)
Dr. Ravi Ganeshappa works as a gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Ganeshappa include diarrhea, ulcers, and hemorrhoids. He 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. Dr. Ganeshappa is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Ganeshappa's professional affiliations include Metropolitan Methodist Hospital and Nix Health.
Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, hemorrhoids, constipation
All Interests: Hemorrhoids, Ulcers, Hernia, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Constipation, Diarrhea, Abdominal Pain
Dr. Mark Gilger is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Houston, TX and San Antonio, TX. Dr. Gilger graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), pancreas problems, and gallbladder problems. He 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. Dr. Gilger has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)
All Interests: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Pancreas Problems
Dr. Steve Duffy's specialty is general surgery. His areas of expertise include breast surgery, thyroid surgery, and colon problems. Dr. Duffy honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and TRICARE. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Duffy speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Centennial Medical Center, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. Dr. Duffy has an open panel.
Relevant Interests: , colon problems, rectal problems
All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Surgical Procedures, Hernia, ... (Read more)
Dr. Rolando Saenz practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. In his practice, Dr. Saenz focuses on colorectal problems. On average, patients gave Dr. Saenz a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Saenz is affiliated with Nix Health and Southwest General Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , colorectal problems
All Interests: Colorectal Problems
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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.