We found 9 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna Leap Basic HSA near Collegeville, PA.

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Michael B Wolfson MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.08 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
599 Arcola Road
Collegeville, PA

Dr. Michael Wolfson's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Wolfson obtained his medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Wolfson include esophageal cancer, barrett's esophagus, and crohn's disease. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. Dr. Wolfson welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Esophageal Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Gastroparesis, Colon Polyps, Colorectal Cancer, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux

All Interests: Colon Polyps, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Di ... (Read more)

Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
700 W Germantown Pike; Suite 101
East Norriton, PA

Dr. Jong-Hyun Nam is a physician who specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system). He is conversant in Korean. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nam include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Nam is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. Dr. Nam graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nam takes.

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Relevant Interests: , Irritable Bowel Syndrome

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dr Pallavi Marathe Rastogi MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
599 Arcola Road
Collegeville, PA

Dr. Pallavi Rastogi's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Rastogi's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Rastogi speaks Marathi. She is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. She 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, Che ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robert Fried specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Fried attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. These areas are among his clinical interests: breast cancer surgery, colectomy (colon resection), and crohn's disease. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Fried's hospital/clinic affiliations include Phoenixville Hospital and Paoli Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's Disease, Stomach Cancer, Ulcerative Colitis, Hemorrhoids, Colon Polyps, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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

Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
Average rating 3.02 stars out of 5 (17 ratings)
599 Arcola Road
Collegeville, PA

Dr. Radhika Kakarla is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. Before performing her residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dr. Kakarla attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Kakarla include warts, fibromyalgia, and endometrial biopsy. Patient ratings for Dr. Kakarla average 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. Dr. Kakarla's practice is open to 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 sees patients in Paoli, PA, Collegeville, PA, and Exton, PA. Her medical specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. Her areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. She honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Szarka studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Szarka completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. She is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. She has an open panel.

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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, Che ... (Read more)

Mark A Rosen MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology
140 Nutt Road
Phoenixville, PA

Dr. Mark Rosen's specialty is diagnostic radiology. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer. Dr. Rosen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at Columbia University Medical Center and Jefferson University Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , Esophageal Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Stomach Cancer, Anal Cancer, Liver Cancer, Small Intestine Disorders, Pancreatic Cancer

All Interests: Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Esop ... (Read more)

Hans M Haupt MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Average rating 2.75 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
826 Main Street; Suite 303
Phoenixville, PA

Dr. Hans Haupt's specialties are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Haupt's medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. His clinical interests include aortic dissection repair, esophageal cancer, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Dr. Haupt has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Chester County Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Esophageal Cancer

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

Dr Carol F Actor MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
826 Main Street; Suite 201
Phoenixville, PA

Dr. Carol Actor practices allergy & immunology. Clinical interests for Dr. Actor include immunodeficiency, sinusitis (sinus infection), and tests. Her professional affiliations include Phoenixville Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Actor attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Children's National Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Actor is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Actor honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Actor is accepting 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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