We found 7 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver HMO near Lutz, FL.

Barry Frank MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.61 stars out of 5 (35 ratings)
27343 Wesley Chapel Boulevard
Wesley Chapel, FL

Dr. Barry Frank's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Frank include gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, and colorectal cancer. His professional affiliations include Florida Hospital Tampa and Florida Medical Clinic. After completing medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Dr. Frank performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer

Robert Gilbert MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.19 stars out of 5 (13 ratings)
14547 Bruce B Dawns Boulevard; #a
Tampa, FL

Dr. Robert Gilbert is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. Dr. Gilbert is rated highly by his patients. 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. Gilbert attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners. He is affiliated with Florida Hospital Tampa and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Acid Reflux

Martin Maldonado MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 2.85 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
14547 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL

Dr. Martin Maldonado is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Maldonado's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer screening, and acid reflux (GERD). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Florida Hospital Tampa and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Esophagus Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Dennis Feldman MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.65 stars out of 5 (11 ratings)
14547 Bruce B Dawns Boulevard; #a
Tampa, FL

Dr. Dennis Feldman specializes in adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His areas of clinical interest consist of inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Feldman is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network 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 affiliated with Florida Hospital Tampa and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Pritesh Patel MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
18928 N. Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Lutz, FL

Dr. Pritesh Patel's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include alcohol abuse, depression, and sleep apnea. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Patel is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. He trained at Jersey Shore University Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Patel has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Patel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and Florida Hospital Tampa.

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

Dr Samantha Sue Lindsay MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 3.25 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
16541 Pointe Village Drive; Suite 211
Lutz, FL

Dr. Samantha Lindsay works as a family medicine practitioner. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lindsay include steroid injections, warts, and adolescent gynecology. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama for her residency. Dr. Lindsay is affiliated with Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

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

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

Dr. Tarak Choksi works as a general internist and geriatrician in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. He studied medicine at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. Dr. Choksi's residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Methodist Hospital. His areas of expertise include heart problems, sleep apnea, and liver disease. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Choksi (or staff) is conversant in Russian, Ukrainian, and Gujarati. 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: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, Obe ... (Read more)

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.
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