We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Shield 65 Plus near Fountain Valley, CA.

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Dr. Duke H Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9900 Talbert Avenue; Suite 100
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Duke Nguyen, who practices in Fountain Valley, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of St. George's, University of London and St. George's University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has indicated that his clinical interests include hepatobiliary disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and acid reflux (GERD). He is rated 1.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen honors. In addition to English, he speaks Vietnamese. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Acid Reflux, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colorectal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Tam Huu Le, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
18111 Brookhurst Street; 2600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Tam Le's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Le is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Le is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama, a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. Dr. Le speaks Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach problems, anal fistula, inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Colectomy, Anal Fistula, Laparoscopic Surgery, Da ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Cary Leport, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Peter Leport practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Fountain Valley, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Leport's areas of expertise include the following: sleeve gastrectomy, colectomy (colon resection), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Leport's practice is open to new patients. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Kings County Hospital Center for residency. Dr. Leport (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Colectomy, Sleeve ... (Read more)

Dr. Kelly Ann M. Francis, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Kelly Francis works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Francis include gastric bypass surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and acid reflux (GERD). She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Francis honors. She obtained her medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Francis (or staff) speaks Spanish and Indonesian. Dr. Francis is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Weight Management, Acid ... (Read more)

Dr. Atif Iqbal, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Atif Iqbal specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Iqbal's areas of expertise include the following: gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), colectomy (colon resection), and hernia. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Iqbal graduated from Allama Iqbal Medical College and then he performed his residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Iqbal (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). Dr. Iqbal is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Colectomy, Fundoplication, Nissen Fundoplication, Weight Management, Da Vinci Surgery, Acid Reflux, ... (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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