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

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

Dr. Joseph Cody sees patients in Brandon, FL, Land O Lakes, FL, and Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: interventional endoscopy and inflammatory bowel disease. He is affiliated with Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, and Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Cody accepts 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 the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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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
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Dennis Feldman is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and colorectal cancer screening. On average, patients gave Dr. Feldman a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Feldman graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. 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's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He practices in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include alcohol abuse, depression, and sleep apnea. He 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. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel's residency was performed at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic 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
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Richard McDonough works as a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. His areas of expertise include palliative care, lymphoma, and research. Dr. McDonough is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, and Bayfront Health Dade City.

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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's area of specialization is family medicine. These areas are among her 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, as well as other insurance carriers. For her professional training, Dr. Lindsay completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. She is professionally 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's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: heart problems, sleep apnea, and liver disease. Dr. Choksi's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Choksi (or staff) speaks Russian, Ukrainian, and Gujarati.

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

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

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

Dr. Samina Reza sees patients in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. Her medical specialties are adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Her areas of expertise include lymphoma. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reza accepts. Dr. Reza attended Sindh Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. Dr. Reza is affiliated with 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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