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Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
100 Market Street
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Jong-Hyun Nam is a specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). He speaks Korean. He has a special interest in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Nam is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University, Dr. Nam attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dr. Pallavi Ravindra Marathe, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
599 Arcola Road
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Pallavi Rastogi is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. These areas are among her clinical interests: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rastogi is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of Hahnemann University Hospital's residency program. She speaks Marathi. Dr. Rastogi is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Skin Cancer, Blood Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul Brian Swanson, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
826 Main Street; Suite 201
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Paul Swanson practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Phoenixville, PA, East Norriton, PA, and Bryn Mawr, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Swanson include sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid problems. His professional affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Deviated Septum, Sleep Problems, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Ear Infection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian J Broker, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
826 Main Street; Suite 201
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Brian Broker is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Broker's clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid problems. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Broker's education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Deviated Septum, Sleep Problems, Sleep Disorders, Ear Infection, Allergies, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert C Fried, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
599 Arcola Road
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Robert Fried works as a general surgeon, vascular surgeon, and colon and rectal surgeon. Dr. Fried's clinical interests include breast cancer surgery, colectomy (colon resection), and crohn's disease. His professional affiliations include Phoenixville Hospital and Paoli Hospital. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Fried attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Fried honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, stomach cancer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, colon polyps, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Colon Polyps, Cysts, Breast Surgery, Ulcerative Colitis, Colectomy, Hiatal Hernia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Laurence V Cramer, DO
Specializes in Otolaryngology
826 Main Street; Suite 201
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Laurence Cramer is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Phoenixville, PA, East Norriton, PA, and Pottstown, PA. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid problems. Dr. Cramer has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Cramer is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Deviated Septum, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Hoarseness, Nasal Polyps, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
599 Arcola Road
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Radhika Kakarla practices general obstetrics & gynecology. These areas are among Dr. Kakarla's clinical interests: warts, fibromyalgia, and endometrial biopsy. The average patient rating for Dr. Kakarla is 3.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Before completing her residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dr. Kakarla attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. She is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon polyps

All Interests: Warts, Colon Polyps, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Fibromyalgia, Endometriosis

Dr. Christine E Szarka, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
599 Arcola Road
Collegeville, PA
 

Dr. Christine Szarka is an adult hematologist and adult oncologist. She studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Szarka trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Areas of expertise for Dr. Szarka include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. Dr. Szarka is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Skin Cancer, Blood Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Paul Nadeau, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
826 Main Street; Suite 201
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Daniel Nadeau's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), thyroid problems, and endoscopic sinus surgery. Dr. Nadeau honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nadeau's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Deviated Septum, Sleep Problems, Dizziness, Ear Infection, Allergies, Hoarseness, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hans Michael Haupt, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
826 Main Street; Suite 303
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Hans Haupt sees patients in Phoenixville, PA. His medical specialties are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Haupt include aortic dissection repair, esophageal cancer, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Dr. Haupt is professionally affiliated with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Haupt average 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Haupt honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Lobectomy, Heart Valve Replacement, Aortic Valve Surgery, Aortic Dissection ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark A Rosen, PhD, MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
420 West Linfield - Trappe Road
Limerick, PA
 

Dr. Mark Rosen specializes in diagnostic radiology. After attending Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, Dr. Rosen completed his residency training at Columbia University Medical Center and Jefferson University Hospitals. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), rectal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, anal cancer, liver cancer, small intestine disorders, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Abdominal Problems, Kidney Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
826 Main Street; Suite 201
Phoenixville, PA
 

Dr. Carol Actor is an allergy & immunology specialist. Her clinical interests include immunodeficiency, sinusitis (sinus infection), and tests. Dr. Actor takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She trained at Children's National Medical Center for residency. Dr. Actor's hospital/clinic affiliations include Phoenixville Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , liver cancer

All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Hives, Tests, Liver Cancer, Food Allergy, Insect Sting Allergy, Sinusitis, Asthma

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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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