We found 7 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept BlueOptions Essential Health S1400 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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. His clinical interests include indigestion, ulcers, and celiac disease. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. He is a graduate of Medical College Baroda. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. Patient ratings for Dr. Patel average 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

Dr. Joseph Staffetti's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patients rated Dr. Staffetti highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diverticular disease, duodenal ulcer, and barrett's esophagus. 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. Before performing his residency at Roger Williams Medical Center, Dr. Staffetti attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Staffetti (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and Italian. Dr. Staffetti's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity).

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

Dr. Dilip Ghanekar's specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Ghanekar takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He trained at Mayo Clinic and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for residency. Dr. Ghanekar (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. His hospital/clinic 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Vangara (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Hindi. His clinical interests include crohn's disease, capsule endoscopy, and colonoscopy. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity). He attended Guntur Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Vangara is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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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
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Chen-Sien Hu specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and colon & rectal surgery and practices in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Hu include heart problems, crohn's disease, and angioplasty. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hu accepts. He obtained his medical school training at Taipei Medical University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Union Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas. Dr. Hu is conversant in Chinese. He is affiliated with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Medical Center of Trinity.

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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, who practices in Trinity, FL and New Port Richey, FL, is a medical specialist in general surgery, vascular surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ledesma include carotid artery stenting, crohn's disease, and thyroid cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Medical Center of Trinity. Dr. Ledesma attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Baylor University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Ledesma honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University, Dr. Frattini attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Frattini include crohn's disease, gallbladder problems, and pilonidal cyst. Dr. Frattini's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Frattini accepts 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 BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Medical Center of Trinity.

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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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