We found 11 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept HealthSmart near Elk Grove Village, IL.

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Dr. Catherine Jane Hunter, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
800 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Catherine Hunter is a pediatric general surgery specialist in Chicago, IL, Arlington Heights, IL, and Heights, IL. She has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, stomach surgery, and pectus excavatum. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hunter accepts. Before completing her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Hunter attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hunter's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Abdominal Problems, Acid Reflux, Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lee Michael Bass, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
880 W. Central Road; Suite 6400
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Lee Bass works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Northbrook, IL, Glenview, IL, and Chicago, IL. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, Dr. Bass performed his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Bass is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
701 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics; he sees patients in Park Ridge, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Maywood, IL. He is a graduate of Madras Medical College. His residency was performed at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. Clinical interests for Dr. Gunasekaran include heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Gunasekaran speaks Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux

Dr. Amir F Kagalwalla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
880 W. Central Road, Suite 6400; Box 77
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Amir Kagalwalla sees patients in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Cook County Health & Hospitals System, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kagalwalla is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Kagalwalla attended Grant Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

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All Interests: Colitis, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Anthony Lagattuta Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
303 E Army Trl Road; Suite 203
Bloomingdale, IL
 

Dr. Joseph Lagattuta's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Lagattuta include pancreas problems, gastroscopy, and celiac disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Lagattuta takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Lagattuta is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks.

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All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Intestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Utpal Paul Parekh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1845 W Army Trail Road
Addison, IL
 

Dr. Utpal Parekh is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Parekh include esophageal cancer, hepatitis, and hemorrhoid banding. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. After completing medical school at Medical College and Hospital Kolkata, Dr. Parekh performed his residency at Maricopa Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Parekh (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Parekh is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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All Interests: Paracentesis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Hemorrhoid Banding, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bradley D Shapiro, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 705b, Eberle Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Bradley Shapiro is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shapiro include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Shapiro is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Shapiro's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hemorrhoid Banding, Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1845 W Army Trail Road
Addison, IL
 

Dr. John Moran is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Moran attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Ball Memorial Hospital for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Moran include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and gastroscopy. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moran honors. Dr. Moran is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Liver Biopsy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Colonoscopy, Barrett's ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian J Muska, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 705b, Eberle Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Brian Muska practices adult gastroenterology in Hoffman Estates, IL and Elk Grove Village, IL. Patients gave Dr. Muska an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and colonoscopy. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Muska has received the following distinction: US News Top Doctor.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. Asad S Aziz, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 705b, Eberle Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Asad Aziz specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and hemorrhoid banding. Dr. Aziz is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of Midwestern University. Dr. Aziz's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Aziz (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hemorrhoid Banding, Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Medicine
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 202, Wimmer Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Phillip Cacioppo's medical specialty is general surgery and vascular medicine (blood vessel disease). After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston. Dr. Cacioppo's clinical interests include esophageal cancer, thyroid problems, and stomach problems. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Cacioppo's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center.

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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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