We found 5 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept United Healthcare PPO near Hoffman Estates, IL.

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Dr. James H Berman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 415 Building 1
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. James Berman's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Berman has indicated that his clinical interests include crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and feeding disorders. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a graduate of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Berman is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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All Interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Feeding Disorders, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Constipation

Dr. Thirumazhisai S Gunasekaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
1555 Barrington Road; Suite 415, Building 1
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Thirumazhisai Gunasekaran's areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatrics. He has indicated that his clinical interests include heartburn, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. His professional affiliations include the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Dr. Gunasekaran is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Madras Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Government General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia. Dr. Gunasekaran has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Tamil.

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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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Kagalwalla takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. Before performing his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Kagalwalla attended Grant Medical College for medical school. Dr. Kagalwalla is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Cook County Health & Hospitals System, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Rameez Alasadi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
880 W. Central Road; Suite 4500
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Rameez Alasadi specializes in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: colorectal surgery procedures, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Alasadi accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). Dr. Alasadi welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Colorectal Surgery ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
1555 Barrington Road; Lower Level - Women & Childrens Hospital
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Ami Shah practices pediatric surgery and general surgery in Chicago, IL and Hoffman Estates, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include thyroid problems, anoscopy, and crohn's disease. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale and St. Alexius Medical Center. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine. Dr. Shah's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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All Interests: Anoscopy, Breast Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Burns, Intestinal Problems, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Crohn's ... (Read 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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