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Mark H. Fishbein M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
average rating 0.62 stars (4 ratings)
1870 Silver Cross Boulevard; Suite 100
New Lenox, IL
 

Dr. Mark Fishbein works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Springfield, IL, Chicago, IL, and Winfield, IL. Patient reviews placed Dr. Fishbein at an average of 0.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fishbein include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fishbein's office for an appointment.

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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 practices pediatric gastroenterology in Chicago, IL, Arlington Heights, IL, and New Lenox, IL. Dr. Kagalwalla's areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Cook County Health & Hospitals System, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. Dr. Kagalwalla's practice is open to new patients. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), heartburn, Crohn's disease, colitis

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

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

Dr. Katherine Barsness is a medical specialist in pediatric general surgery. Her areas of expertise include the following: minimally invasive surgery, pectus excavatum, and colon problems. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Barsness studied medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Barsness's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems, rectal problems

All Interests: Pectus Excavatum, Tumor, Rectal Problems, Colon Problems, Endocrine Surgery, Surgical Procedures, ... (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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