We found 8 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept EmblemHealth near Kissimmee, FL.

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Dr. Ricardo Ricardo Crisostomo, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
201 Hilda Street; Suite 33
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Ricardo Crisostomo's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Crisostomo is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He attended Federal University of Bahia and then went on to complete his residency at San Juan Municipal Hospital. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Crisostomo honors.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, anal cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

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Dr. Ajaz Afzal, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1032 Mann Street; Oak Medical Plaza 1
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Ajaz Afzal is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended medical school at Sindh Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Afzal completed a residency program at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Afzal (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Spanish. Dr. Afzal is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Immunization, Bone Density Test, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Syed Amir Ahmed, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1504 Village Oak Lane
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Syed Ahmed is an adult infectious disease specialist in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahmed honors. Dr. Ahmed attended medical school at Dow Medical College. He trained at Westlake Hospital and Rush University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Ahmed (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Spanish. Dr. Ahmed is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

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Dr. Michael R Denardis, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
907b N Central Avenue
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Michael Denardis is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Denardis is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Denardis takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , rectovaginal fistula

All Interests: Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Cervicitis, Postpartum Issues, Hysteroscopy, Circumcision, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1160 Cypress Glen Circle
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Marcietta Wilson's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. In addition to English, she speaks French. Dr. Wilson is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. She attended medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , rectovaginal fistula

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
1300 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Adnan Akhtar is a medical specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Akhtar's clinical interests include bone marrow biopsy. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending Rawalpindi Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Westchester Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Akhtar is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, anal cancer, pancreatic cancer

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3227 Hills Dale Lane
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Edward Frame's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Frame's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Hurley Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

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Dr. Mark R Palazzolo, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1160 Cypress Glen Circle
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Mark Palazzolo practices general obstetrics & gynecology. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Palazzolo takes. Before completing his residency at St. John Providence Health System, Dr. Palazzolo attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Palazzolo is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rectovaginal fistula

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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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