We found 7 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida near New Port Richey, FL.

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Dr. Jigneshkumar Babubhai Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1818 Short Branch Drive; Suite 102
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Jigneshkumar Patel's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include indigestion, ulcers, and celiac disease. Dr. Patel's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. Dr. Patel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Medical College Baroda for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi.

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Dr. Joseph F Staffetti, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10820 State Road; 54 Suite 201
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Staffetti's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Staffetti (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and Italian. These areas are among his clinical interests: diverticular disease, duodenal ulcer, and barrett's esophagus. Dr. Staffetti is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity). Dr. Staffetti's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at Roger Williams Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Staffetti is 4.0 stars out of 5. He 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.

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Dr. Dilip V Ghanekar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10820 State Road; 54 Suite 201
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Dilip Ghanekar is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Ghanekar honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Ghanekar (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Hindi. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity).

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Dr. Sreenivasa Prasad Vangara, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5515 Gulf Drive; Suite B
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Sreenivas Vangara is an adult gastroenterology specialist in New Port Richey, FL. Dr. Vangara is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Vangara include crohn's disease, capsule endoscopy, and colonoscopy. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Vangara studied medicine at Guntur Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Vangara (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Vangara's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity).

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All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Swallowing Problems, Endoscopy, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. Chen-Sien Hu, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
3633 Little Road; Suite 104
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Chen-Sien Hu specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Hu is conversant in Chinese. Clinical interests for Dr. Hu include heart problems, crohn's disease, and angioplasty. He is professionally affiliated with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Medical Center of Trinity. He is a graduate of Taipei Medical University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained at Union Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas for residency. Patients gave Dr. Hu an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Dwayne Felix Ledesma, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
8141 Bellarus Way; Suite 102
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Dwayne Ledesma's specialties are general surgery, vascular surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Baylor University Medical Center's residency program. These areas are among Dr. Ledesma's clinical interests: carotid artery stenting, crohn's disease, and thyroid cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ledesma honors. Dr. Ledesma is affiliated with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Medical Center of Trinity.

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Dr. Jared Conte Frattini, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
2439 Country Place Boulevard; Suite 102
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Jared Frattini sees patients in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL. His medical specialties are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Frattini's clinical interests include crohn's disease, gallbladder problems, and pilonidal cyst. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Medical Center of Trinity. His education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Frattini accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.
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