We found 5 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Philadelphia, PA.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
817 Federal Street
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Melville Ackerman's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ackerman's areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, hepatitis C, and colon polyps. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna Medicare. Before completing his residency at Cooper University Hospital, Dr. Ackerman attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ackerman is professionally affiliated with Cooper University Health Care.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
1000 E Atlantic Avenue
Camden, NJ
 

Dr. Michael Packer's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Packer include kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hernia surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, QualCare, and more. Before completing his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Packer attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is affiliated with Abington Health and Temple University Hospital (TUH). Dr. Packer has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Varicocele, Microsurgery, Incontinence, Hydrocelectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Urinary Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Randall Zaontz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Mark Zaontz works as a pediatric urologist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Zaontz at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: phimosis, varicocele, and microsurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Abington Health. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Zaontz graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Zaontz completed residency programs at Georgetown University Hospital and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Zaontz has received distinctions including America's Top Physicians from Consumers Research Council of America; Top Rated Physicians in America; and Guide to the Top Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Phimosis, Varicocele, Incontinence, Hydrocelectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Kidney Stones, Surgical ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
5 East; 3509 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jonathan Roth's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Roth include kidney stones, enuresis (bed wetting), and hydronephrosis. He is affiliated with Abington Health, Lankenau Medical Center, and Temple University Hospital (TUH). After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Roth completed his residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and AmeriHealth are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Roth takes. Dr. Roth has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Varicocele, Microsurgery, Incontinence, Hydrocelectomy, Endoscopic Surgery, Urinary Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1233 Locust Street; Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Kelly Dzialo's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Her areas of expertise include bulimia, warts, and cardiac risk reduction. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and QualCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dzialo takes. Dr. Dzialo graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Warts, Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Primary Care, Eating Disorders, ... (Read more)

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.
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