We found 7 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Essential near Land O Lakes, FL.

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Dr. Joseph S Cody, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Cody is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Brandon, FL, Land O Lakes, FL, and Tampa, FL. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: interventional endoscopy and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Cody accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Cody is affiliated with Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Pancreas Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Biliary Disorders

Dr. Dennis H Feldman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Dennis Feldman is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Feldman graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and colorectal cancer screening. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Hospital Tampa and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), inflammatory bowel disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pritesh Nandu Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
18928 N. Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Pritesh Patel practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, depression, and sleep apnea. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Patel completed a residency program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Francis McDonough, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Richard McDonough is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. His areas of expertise consist of palliative care, lymphoma, and research. His professional affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, and Bayfront Health Dade City. Dr. McDonough graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McDonough honors.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Research, Lung Problems, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Breast Issues, Colon Problems, Palliative Care

Dr. Samantha Sue Lindsay, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
16541 Pointe Village Drive; Suite 211
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Samantha Lindsay works as a family practitioner in Lutz, FL. These areas are among Dr. Lindsay's clinical interests: steroid injections, warts, and adolescent gynecology. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Dr. Lindsay is affiliated with Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Issues, Cryosurgery, Primary Care, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tarak Suman Choksi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
18928 North Dale Mabry Highway
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Tarak Choksi specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Choksi (or staff) speaks Russian, Ukrainian, and Gujarati. Clinical interests for Dr. Choksi include heart problems, sleep apnea, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Methodist Hospital, Dr. Choksi attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Choksi takes.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Primary Care, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Samina Reza, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Samina Reza specializes in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders) and practices in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. She is a graduate of Sindh Medical College and a graduate of John Stroger Hospital of Cook County's residency program. Dr. Reza has a special interest in lymphoma. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Medical Clinic, and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Lung Problems, Lymphoma, Breast Issues, Colon Problems

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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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