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Dr Xaralambos B Zervos DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (11 ratings)
1600 S Andrews Avenue; West Wing
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dr. Xaralambos Zervos specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. Dr. Zervos is affiliated with Memorial Regional Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston, and Memorial Health System. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zervos graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. Dr. Zervos (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Ascites, Sarcoidosis, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Cancer, B ... (Read more)

Howard Israel Schwartz MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.3 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
1400 E Oakland Park Boulevard; Suite 210
Oakland Park, FL

Dr. Howard Schwartz sees patients in Oakland Park, FL and Miami, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Schwartz's clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), liver disease, and food allergy. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Schwartz attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems

All Interests: Food Allergy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

Gabriel Schnickel MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
1600 S Andrews Avenue; West Wing
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dr. Gabriel Schnickel works as a general surgeon and transplant surgeon in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Weston, FL. After attending the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). These areas are among Dr. Schnickel's clinical interests: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schnickel takes. Dr. Schnickel is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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Relevant Interests: , Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Cancer

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Liver Tumor, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney Injury, ... (Read more)

Andreas G Tzakis MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
1600 S Andrews Avenue; 1st Floor
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dr. Andreas Tzakis practices general surgery and transplant surgery. Dr. Tzakis's patients gave Dr. Tzakis an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Tzakis's areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, liver tumor, and general surgery. Dr. Tzakis's professional affiliations include Memorial Regional Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston, and Memorial Health System. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tzakis honors. Before performing Dr. Tzakis's residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, the University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Tzakis attended the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Tzakis has received distinctions including Cleveland Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Tzakis (or staff) is conversant in Greek and French.

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Relevant Interests: , Liver Cancer

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Liver Tumor, Acute Kidney Injury, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Dr Diego C Reino MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
1600 S Andrews Avenue; West Wing
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dr. Diego Reino's areas of specialization are general surgery and transplant surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reino include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. Dr. Reino is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reino takes. He graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Reino trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School for residency. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Cancer

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Liver Tumor, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney Injury, ... (Read more)

John Manuel Rivas MD
Specializes in Transplant Hepatology, Transplant Surgery, Adult Hepatology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
1600 S Andrews Avenue; West Wing
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dr. John Rivas is a specialist in transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), transplant surgery, and adult hepatology. He works in Weston, FL and Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Rivas's areas of expertise include alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis C, and liver tumor. His professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rivas takes. After completing medical school at Ross University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Rivas is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Ascites, Sarcoidosis, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Liver Cancer, B ... (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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