We found 4 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Community Plan near Sparta, NJ.

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Dr. May D Abdo-Matkiwsky, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
89 Sparta Avenue; Suite 130
Sparta, NJ
 

Dr. May Abdo-Matkiwsky specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology and practices in Sparta, NJ. She is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Abdo-Matkiwsky's areas of expertise include the following: brain cancer, musculoskeletal problems, and multiple myeloma. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Newton Hospital and Hackettstown Medical Center. She graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Patient reviews placed Dr. Abdo-Matkiwsky at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, AARP, Anthem, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

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Dr. Bohdan Eugene Halibey, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
89 Sparta Avenue; Suite 130
Sparta, NJ
 

Dr. Bohdan Halibey is an adult oncologist and medical oncologist. His clinical interests include gynecologic cancer, spinal cancer, and brain cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Newton Hospital and Hackettstown Medical Center. Dr. Halibey's education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Amerigroup, AARP, and Anthem are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Halibey takes.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
89 Sparta Avenue
Sparta, NJ
 

Dr. Kathy Lo, who practices in Sparta, NJ, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Dr. Lo is conversant in Chinese. These areas are among her clinical interests: thyroid problems, gynecologic cancer, and spinal cancer. She is professionally affiliated with Newton Hospital and Atlantic Health System. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Lo is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
89 Sparta Avenue
Sparta, NJ
 

Dr. Lawrence Koutcher is a radiation oncology specialist. Dr. Koutcher attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. His areas of expertise include thyroid problems, gynecologic cancer, and spinal cancer. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, Newton Hospital, and Atlantic Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer

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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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