We found 6 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Humana ChoiceCare Network near Oak Lawn, IL.

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Dr. Dhruva R Tilwalli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4901 West 79th Street; Suite #1
Burbank, IL
 

Dr. Dhruva Tilwalli specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Tilwalli has indicated that his clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and colonoscopy. He is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center - Saint Elizabeth Campus. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Tilwalli is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Shivaji University, he performed his residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tilwalli (or staff) speaks Marathi, Spanish, and Polish.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hemorrhoids, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hepatitis, Colon Problems, Acid Reflux, Colonoscopy

Dr. Ajay Bajaj, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4901 West 79th Street; Suite 1
Burbank, IL
 

Dr. Ajay Bajaj is an adult gastroenterologist in Burbank, IL, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and Chicago, IL. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bajaj is a graduate of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and a graduate of Chicago Medical School's residency program. Dr. Bajaj (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Polish. He is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center - Saint Elizabeth Campus. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , colon problems

All Interests: Hepatitis, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Colon Problems

Dr. Michael Dominick Dastice, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10500 S Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Michael D'astice is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. D'astice is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, United Healthcare HMO, and more. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. D'astice (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. Dr. D'astice is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network and Palos Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory bowel disease

All Interests: Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Darrien Lance Gaston, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10444 South Western Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Darrien Gaston practices adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in weight loss. Dr. Gaston is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Gaston welcomes new patients. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at St. Joseph's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hemorrhoids

All Interests: Weight Loss, Liver Disease, Pancreas Problems, Hemorrhoids

Dr. Kamran Ayub, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
9921 Southwest Highway
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Kamran Ayub practices adult gastroenterology in Oak Lawn, IL. He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ayub include pancreas problems, barrett's esophagus, and gastrointestinal cancer. He is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He graduated from Khyber Medical College and then he performed his residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Ayub an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Barrett's Esophagus

Dr. Brian C Yu, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
13755 Cicero Avenue; Suite 202
Crestwood, IL
 

Dr. Brian Yu is an adult infectious disease specialist in Burr Ridge, IL, Crestwood, IL, and Chicago, IL. He is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Little Company of Mary Hospital, and MetroSouth Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. Dr. Yu's practice is open to new patients. He attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois.

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Relevant Interests: , colitis

All Interests: Colitis

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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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