We found 3 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Platinum Navigate Plus 0 near Cleveland, OH.

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Dr. Edward Metz Barksdale Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, Other
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH

Dr. Edward Barksdale's area of specialization is pediatric surgery. Dr. Barksdale attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barksdale honors. He has received the distinction of Cleveland Super Doctors. Dr. Barksdale is affiliated with UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , short bowel syndrome

All Interests: Blood Disorders, Short Bowel Syndrome

Dr. Walter Sun Sun Cha, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
2500 Metrohealth Drive
Cleveland, OH

Dr. Walter Cha's medical specialty is general surgery. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Cha include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), pancreatectomy (pancreas removal), and inguinal hernia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hillcrest Hospital (Mayfield Heights, OH), Euclid Hospital, and Marymount Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Temple University Hospital, Hahnemann University Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Dr. Cha has received the distinction of Cleveland Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, colon problems, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, appendicitis

All Interests: Pancreatectomy, Inguinal Hernia, Appendicitis, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic Lymph ... (Read more)

Dr. Tomasz Rogula, MD, PhD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, Other
9500 Euclid Avenue; Cleveland Clinic - Department of Surgery M66-06
Cleveland, OH

Dr. Tomasz Rogula is a bariatric surgery specialist. He graduated from Jagiellonian University Medical College. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare POS are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rogula accepts. He is professionally affiliated with the University Hospitals (UH) (Northeast Ohio).

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Abdominal Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Revision ... (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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