We found 5 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Partners Plus near Danvers, MA.

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Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Critical Care
81 Highland Avenue
Salem, MA

Dr. Jaime Rivera is a specialist in pediatric surgery, general surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He works in Danvers, MA, Salem, MA, and Peabody, MA. Dr. Rivera's education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. His clinical interests include diverticular disease, colon cancer, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Rivera is professionally affiliated with Beverly Hospital, Harvard Vanguard Peabody, and NSMC Union Hospital. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Weight Loss Surgery, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, C ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Critical Care
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
81 Highland Avenue
Salem, MA

Dr. William Kastrinakis is a medical specialist in pediatric surgery, general surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). These areas are among his clinical interests: pancreas problems, diverticular disease, and melanoma. Dr. Kastrinakis is affiliated with NSMC Union Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and NSMC Salem Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kastrinakis accepts. Dr. Kastrinakis has an open panel. He obtained his medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. He is conversant in Greek.

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All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Acid Reflux, Pancreas Problems, Colorectal Cancer, Hernia, Melanoma

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 4.62 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
104 Endicott Street; Suite 300
Danvers, MA

Dr. Francis Colizzo works as a gastroenterologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: barrett's esophagus, ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Colizzo is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Colizzo has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Fellow, American College of Physicians. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Celiac Disease, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, Ulce ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA

Dr. Kyle Staller's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include achalasia, chronic constipation, and swallowing problems (dysphagia). Dr. Staller takes 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. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Staller is accepting new patients.

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

Specializes in General Surgery
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA

Dr. David Rattner is a general surgeon in Boston, MA and Danvers, MA. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Rattner include diverticular disease, barrett's esophagus, and achalasia. Dr. Rattner has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rattner has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors; Board Of Governors, American College Of Surgeons; and President Society American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (sages) 2004-5. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Achalasia, Diverticular Disease, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer, Hernia, Barrett's Esophagus, Stomac ... (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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