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Specializes in General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
2750 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 312
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Patrick McGregor, who practices in North Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, MO, is a medical specialist in general surgery, trauma surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. Clinical interests for Dr. McGregor include colorectal surgery procedures, breast issues, and robotic surgery. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. McGregor is affiliated with Meritas Health. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Aspiration, Removal of Lesion, Breast Issues, Appendectomy, Fistula, Hernia ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
2790 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 625
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Brian Wittek is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in colorectal surgery procedures, minimally invasive surgery, and breast issues. Dr. Wittek accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Creighton University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He has received the following distinctions: American College of Surgeons; American Board of Surgery; and Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Wittek is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Aspiration, Thyroid Surgery, Removal of Lesion, Breast Issues, Appendectomy, Fistula, Hernia ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
2750 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 312
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. F. Werner specializes in general surgery, trauma surgery, and colon & rectal surgery and practices in North Kansas City, MO. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include colorectal surgery procedures, minimally invasive surgery, and breast issues. Dr. Werner honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Werner's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Aspiration, Thyroid Surgery, Removal of Lesion, Breast Issues, Appendectomy, Fistula, Hernia ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
2790 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 625
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Mangesh Oza, who practices in Kansas City, MO and North Kansas City, MO, is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Oza is 4.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include colorectal surgery procedures, minimally invasive surgery, and breast issues. Dr. Oza takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Ochsner Medical Center, Dr. Oza attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Meritas Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Oza's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, colon cancer, stomach problems

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Diverticular Disease, Breast Issues, Hiatal Hernia, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
2750 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 312
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Jon Gengler specializes in general surgery, trauma surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. He attended the University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University for residency. His areas of clinical interest consist of colorectal surgery procedures, minimally invasive surgery, and breast issues. Dr. Gengler takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Meritas Health. Dr. Gengler welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Aspiration, Thyroid Surgery, Removal of Lesion, Breast Issues, Appendectomy, Fistula, Hernia ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
2750 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 312
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Gregory Eason's medical specialty is general surgery, trauma surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include colorectal surgery procedures, minimally invasive surgery, and breast issues. Dr. Eason is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Fairview Hospital, Dr. Eason attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Eason is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Aspiration, Thyroid Surgery, Removal of Lesion, Breast Issues, Appendectomy, Fistula, Hernia ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
2790 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 625
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Trent Failing works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Kansas City, MO and North Kansas City, MO. He has indicated that his clinical interests include colorectal surgery procedures, minimally invasive surgery, and breast issues. Dr. Failing is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Failing is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Failing has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Failing is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Aspiration, Thyroid Surgery, Removal of Lesion, Breast Issues, Appendectomy, Fistula, Hernia ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
2750 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 312
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Thomas Reardon's specialties are general surgery, trauma surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Reardon's clinical interests: colorectal surgery procedures, minimally invasive surgery, and breast issues. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reardon honors. He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Reardon is professionally affiliated with Meritas Health. Dr. Reardon welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Aspiration, Thyroid Surgery, Removal of Lesion, Breast Issues, Appendectomy, Fistula, Hernia ... (Read more)

Dr. Joycelin F Canavan, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2750 Clay Edwards Drive Medical Plaza North; Lower Level 020
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Joycelin Canavan is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Canavan include bladder cancer, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and rectal cancer. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic, Menorah Medical Center, and Carondelet Health. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University, Dr. Canavan attended medical school at Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine. Dr. Canavan is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Thyroid Cancer, Stereotactic Body Radiation ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark H Dewolfe, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2000 Ne Vivion Road; Suite 100
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Mark Dewolfe specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in Kansas City, MO and Liberty, MO. Clinical interests for Dr. Dewolfe include lung cancer, breast cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Liberty Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Saint Luke's East Hospital. Before performing his residency at Truman Medical Centers, Dr. Dewolfe attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dewolfe has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal cancer

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Blood Cancers, Breast Cancer

Dr. Joe A Cates, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
4801 Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Joe Cates' specialties are general surgery and vascular surgery. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cates include da vinci surgery. Dr. Cates is professionally affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Kansas City VA Medical Center, and Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Cates trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Cates has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Lower Extremity Bypass Surgery, Sclerotherapy, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Liver Cancer, Stent ... (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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