We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Great-West Healthcare near New Lenox, IL.

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Dr. Mark H Fishbein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1870 Silver Cross Boulevard; Suite 100
New Lenox, IL
 

Dr. Mark Fishbein's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fishbein include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He has received a 0.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Fishbein is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Amir F Kagalwalla, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1870 Silver Cross Boulevard; Suite 100
New Lenox, 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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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, gastroenteritis, acid reflux (GERD), constipation, colitis

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

Dr. Julia Elaine Grabowski, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
1870 Silver Cross Boulevard; B Pavilion
New Lenox, IL
 

Dr. Julia Grabowski sees patients in Northbrook, IL, Chicago, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. Her medical specialty is pediatric general surgery. She has a special interest in surgical procedures. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Grabowski honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Grabowski is not accepting new patients at this time. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Grabowski trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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Relevant Interests: , Hirschsprung disease, appendicitis

All Interests: Appendicitis, Hirschsprung Disease, Collapsed Lung, Surgical Procedures, Ovarian Disease

Dr. Katherine Ann Barsness, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
1870 N. Silver Cross Boulevard
New Lenox, IL
 

Dr. Katherine Barsness is a pediatric general surgeon. These areas are among her clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, pectus excavatum, and colon problems. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barsness accepts. Dr. Barsness has an open panel. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Barsness attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , pyloric stenosis, inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Pyloric Stenosis, Abdominal Problems, Esophagus Problems, Lung Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Fizan Abdullah, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
1870 Silver Cross Boulevard; B Pavilion
New Lenox, IL
 

Dr. Fizan Abdullah's specialty is pediatric general surgery. In his practice, Dr. Abdullah focuses on surgical procedures. Dr. Abdullah accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. Dr. Abdullah's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Neonatal Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Abdominal Problems, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy Bernard Lautz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
1870 Silver Cross Boulevard; Suite 100
New Lenox, IL
 

Dr. Timothy Lautz is a pediatric general surgery specialist in Chicago, IL, Heights, IL, and Lake Forest, IL. Dr. Lautz's areas of expertise include surgical procedures. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN. He is not accepting new patients at this time. After attending Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pyloric stenosis, inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Pyloric Stenosis, Esophagus Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diaphragmatic Hernia, Solid Tumor, ... (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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