We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept First Health near Shenandoah, TX.
Dr. Venodhar Julapalli is an adult gastroenterologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Julapalli average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Julapalli's areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal dilation, pancreatitis, and colon problems. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Julapalli's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Julapalli is conversant in Telugu.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colon Problems, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)
Dr. Mark Pidala's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pidala include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Pidala honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Pidala trained at Summa Akron City Hospital for residency. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.
Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids
All Interests: Warts, Incontinence, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Colon ... (Read more)
Dr. Charles Yen specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, lung cancer, and minor surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yen accepts. Dr. Yen attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Yen (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. Dr. Yen is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.
Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, colon problems
All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sarcoidosis, Brain Cancer, Minor Surgery, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Lung ... (Read more)
Dr. Bharat Latthe works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist, family medicine physician, and geriatrician. His areas of expertise include the following: throat problems, hospice (end-of-life care), and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Latthe is affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Before completing his residency at Interfaith Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Latthe attended medical school at Grant Medical College. Dr. Latthe (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Khmer, and Hindi.
Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)
All Interests: Ear Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Nose Problems, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)
Dr. Thomas Newton works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. His clinical interests include bleeding, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colectomy (colon resection). The average patient rating for Dr. Newton is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Newton trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Newton is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.
Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, colon polyps, colitis
All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Bleeding, Colectomy, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)
Dr. Murtaza Bhuriwala practices adult hematology and adult oncology. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Bhuriwala 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 attended Dow Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Grace Hospital, Detroit. Dr. Bhuriwala (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish.
Relevant Interests: , colon cancer
All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer
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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.