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Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
205 S Moon Avenue; Suite 103
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Tampa, FL, Brandon, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Narwal's clinical interests: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. Before performing his residency at Kings County Hospital Center, Dr. Narwal attended Government Medical College, Patiala for medical school. He accepts 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: , Crohn's disease, celiac disease, colon polyps, gastritis, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, encopresis, gastroparesis, chronic constipation, rectal problems, malabsorption, rectal prolapse, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
276 S Moon Avenue
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Mazen Kattih is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave Dr. Kattih a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kattih include bleeding, pancreas problems, and cancer. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital. Dr. Kattih accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for residency. He is conversant in Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Bleeding, Upper Endoscopy, Bile Duct Problems, Esophagus Problems, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph S Cody, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2020 Town Center Boulevard
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Cody practices adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He is especially interested in interventional endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, and ultrasound (sonogram). Dr. Cody 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, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Interventional Endoscopy, Pancreas Problems, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

Dr. Keyur Anilkumar Chavda, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
205 S. Moon Avenue; Suite 102
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Keyur Chavda specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He studied medicine at B.J. Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Robert Packer Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Chavda include thyroid problems, stomach problems, and colon problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chavda honors. In addition to English, Dr. Chavda (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Chavda is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, colon problems

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Hernia, Thyroid Problems, Wounds, Colon Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Pituitary ... (Read more)

Dr. Darshan B Thakkar, MD
Specializes in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
205 S. Moon Avenue; Suite 102
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Darshan Thakkar is an undersea and hyperbaric medicine and general surgery specialist in Brandon, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Thakkar include thyroid problems, cancer, and ulcers. Dr. Thakkar accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Medical College Baroda and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and performed his residency at Cooper University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Thakkar (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Thakkar is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, Cancer, Ulcers, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Other
266 S Moon Avenue
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Delgado's specialties are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He practices in Brandon, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Delgado's areas of expertise consist of thyroid problems, gallbladder problems, and colon problems. His professional affiliations include South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He trained at New York Methodist Hospital for residency. Dr. Delgado accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Gallbladder Problems, Surgical Procedures, Thyroid Problems, Hernia Surgery, Colon Problems, ... (Read more)

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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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