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We found 8 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare near Sherman, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
425 N Highland Avenue; Suite 130
Sherman, TX
 

Dr. Martin Farrell is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Farrell include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He accepts United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Sigmoidoscopy, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3601 N. Calais Street
Sherman, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Tran is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Denison, TX and Sherman, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon polypectomy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Tran accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Proctosigmoidoscopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Polypectomy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
425 N Highland; #130
Sherman, TX
 

Dr. John Fletcher is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fletcher include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Fletcher takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Sigmoidoscopy, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
425 N. Highland; Suite 130
Sherman, TX
 

Dr. Glenn Young's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), sigmoidoscopy, and proctosigmoidoscopy. Dr. Young accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Young is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Proctosigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Sigmoidoscopy, Colonoscopy

Dr. Alex Ali Ehsan, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
2800 Hwy 75 N
Sherman, TX
 

Dr. Alex Ehsan's specialties are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). He practices in Sherman, TX and Denison, TX. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ehsan's clinical interests include salivary gland cancer, thrombocytosis (high platelet count), and thyroid cancer. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Ehsan is a graduate of Central University of the East School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Oncology.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach cancer, small intestine disorders

All Interests: Vulvar Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Skin Cancer, Salivary Gland Cancer, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Tongue ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy Lee Sandmann, MD
Specializes in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Other, Obstetrics & Gynecology
260 East Evergreen
Sherman, TX
 

Dr. Timothy Sandmann specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and obstetrics & gynecology. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include vaginal prolapse, cystocele (bladder prolapse), and uterine prolapse. Dr. Sandmann is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Medical Center of McKinney. Dr. Sandmann is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His practice is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and performed his residency at Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston.

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Relevant Interests: , fecal incontinence

All Interests: Cystocele, Incontinence, Fecal Incontinence, Sexual Dysfunction, Urogynecological Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jill Prince Heffernan, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
5012 S. Highway 75; Suite 170
Denison, TX
 

Dr. Jill Heffernan's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Heffernan include stomach tumor, rectal cancer, and sinus cancer. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Oncology.

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

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Urologic Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Abdominal Cancer, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery, Other
300 E Taylor Street; Suite 308
Sherman, TX
 

Dr. Charles Mooney is a general surgeon in Sherman, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), sigmoidoscopy, and lung surgery. Dr. Mooney takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at St. John's Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Lymph Node Biopsy, Liver Biopsy, Laparotomy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Skin Biopsy, Mastectomy, ... (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.