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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Critical Care
104 Endicott Street; Suite 200
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Jaime Rivera is a pediatric surgeon, general surgeon, and surgical oncologist in Danvers, MA, Salem, MA, and Peabody, MA. His clinical interests include diverticular disease, colon cancer, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rivera is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Rivera speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Beverly Hospital, Harvard Vanguard Peabody, and NSMC Union Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Critical Care
104 Endicott Street; Suite 200
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. William Kastrinakis practices pediatric surgery, general surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). His clinical interests include pancreas problems, diverticular disease, and melanoma. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Kastrinakis performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. He speaks Greek. Dr. Kastrinakis's hospital/clinic affiliations include NSMC Union Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and NSMC Salem Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery, Acid Reflux, Pancreas Problems, Colorectal Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
104 Endicott Street; Suite 300
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Francis Colizzo practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Colizzo is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Jefferson University Hospitals' residency program. These areas are among his clinical interests: barrett's esophagus, ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Colizzo is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Colizzo takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Fellow, American College of Physicians. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Cysts, Radiofrequency Ablation, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Kyle Staller is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Boston, MA and Danvers, MA. Dr. Staller's areas of expertise consist of achalasia, chronic constipation, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital's residency program. Dr. Staller is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Chronic ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. David Rattner is a general surgery specialist in Boston, MA and Danvers, MA. Dr. Rattner has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, barrett's esophagus, and achalasia. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Rattner honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He has an open panel. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors; Board Of Governors, American College Of Surgeons; and President Society American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (sages) 2004-5.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Diverticular Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Denise Gee specializes in general surgery and practices in Boston, MA and Danvers, MA. Dr. Gee studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diverticular disease and tumor. Dr. Gee is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gee (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Tumor, Diverticular Disease, Colon Problems, Laparoscopic Surgery, Acid Reflux, Adrenal ... (Read more)

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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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