We found 8 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Advantage Plus Bronze 103 - One $0 PCP Visit near The Woodlands, TX.

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Dr. Atif Shahzad, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
26103 I-45 N; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Atif Shahzad, who practices in The Woodlands, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shahzad (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Hindi-Urdu. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, gallbladder problems, and hepatitis C. He is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. Dr. Shahzad obtained his medical school training at Ross University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Resident of The Year and Top Doctor. Dr. Shahzad has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diarrhea, heartburn, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastric Electrical Stimulation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gallbladder Problems, Ulcers, Hepatitis ... (Read more)

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17450 St Lukes Way; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Dr. Azimuddin trained at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center and LeHigh Valley Hospital Network for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Azimuddin include cancer, polypectomy (polyp removal), and laparoscopic colectomy. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Azimuddin is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Azimuddin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Azimuddin is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems, hemorrhoids, bowel obstruction, intestinal (bowel) problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colectomy, Intestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Laparoscopic Small Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Bharat Latthe, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1120 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 240
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Bharat Latthe practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care) in Shenandoah, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: throat problems, hospice (end-of-life care), and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Latthe honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Grant Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Latthe trained at Interfaith Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Latthe (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Khmer, and Hindi. Dr. Latthe's professional affiliations include Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Ear Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Nose Problems, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles L Yen, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
18488 Interstate 45 South
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Charles Yen specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Yen include lung cancer, breast cancer, and colon problems. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. 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) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Lung Cancer, Colon Problems, Blood Disorders, Breast Cancer

Dr. Murtaza N Bhuriwala, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
9319 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Murtaza Bhuriwala's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Dr. Bhuriwala's professional affiliations include Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before completing his residency at Grace Hospital, Detroit, Dr. Bhuriwala attended medical school at Dow Medical College. Dr. Bhuriwala (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer

Dr. Junuk Kim, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
129 Vision Park Boulevard; Suite 212
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Junuk Kim's specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He practices in Houston, TX and Shenandoah, TX. Before performing his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Kim attended New York Medical College for medical school. His areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, and colon problems. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Kim has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Kim (or staff) is conversant in Korean, Spanish, and Japanese. He is affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, colon problems, rectal problems, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Stomach Cancer, Colon Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ikedinobi Ugochukwu Eni, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9319 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 120
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Ikedinobi Eni works as a general internist. Dr. Eni is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is a graduate of the University of Ibadan College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease

All Interests: Hypertension, Ear Problems, Heart Problems, Nose Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tal R Raphaeli, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17450 St Lukes Way; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Tal Raphaeli works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Raphaeli include colon cancer, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colectomy. Dr. Raphaeli is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and a graduate of Virginia Mason Medical Center's residency program. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Raphaeli accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems

All Interests: Incontinence, Rectal Problems, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, ... (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.

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