We found 10 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept United Healthcare Choice near Bedford, TX.

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Dr. Raymond A Vallera, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2740 North Highway 360; Suite 100
Grand Prairie, TX
 

Dr. Raymond Vallera is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Vallera's clinical interests include diarrhea, indigestion, and barrett's esophagus. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Medical City Las Colinas.

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Relevant Interests: , indigestion, diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), constipation

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Liver Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, Ulcerative Colitis, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jesse Ellis Smith, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
75 Main Street; Suite 150
Colleyville, TX
 

Dr. Jesse Smith, who practices in Fort Worth, TX and Colleyville, TX, is a medical specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed Dr. Smith at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include dermabrasion, ear pain, and enlarged turbinates. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Smith's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received professional recognition including the following: Top 10 MD; Fort Worth Top Doc; and American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Smith is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Southlake. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Enlarged Turbinates, Dizziness, Eyelid Retraction Repair, Thyroid Fine Needle ... (Read more)

Dr. Joel Russel Maust, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
9003 Airport Freeway; Suite 300
North Richland Hills, TX
 

Dr. Joel Maust specializes in family medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Maust include wheezing, atrial fibrillation, and diabetes screening. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maust honors. Dr. Maust is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and a graduate of Travis Air Force Base, David Grant USAF Medical Center's residency program. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Plano, and USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, appendicitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, diverticular disease, heartburn, ulcerative colitis, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, acid reflux (GERD), colitis, rectal bleeding

All Interests: Sports Health, Atrial Fibrillation, Wheezing, Diabetes Screening, Diabetes Management, Bronchitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jerry Lee Lugger, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
461 Westpark Way
Euless, TX
 

Dr. Jerry Lugger is a plastic surgery and hand surgery specialist in Euless, TX and Southlake, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lugger's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, adjacent tissue transfer, and moles. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans. Before completing his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University, Dr. Lugger attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Butt Augmentation, Sclerotherapy, Eyelid Problems, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Vikas Aurora, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1609 Hospital Parkway; Suite 300
Bedford, TX
 

Dr. Vikas Aurora is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Grapevine, TX and Bedford, TX. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aurora include bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and rectal cancer. Dr. Aurora is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Medical City North Hills, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB). Dr. Aurora is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , esophageal cancer, colorectal problems, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer

All Interests: Abdominal Cancer, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Thoracic Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael William William, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1604 Hospital Parkway; Suite 505
Bedford, TX
 

Dr. Michael Bryan specializes in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. Dr. Bryan has indicated that his clinical interests include diverticular disease, laparoscopic colon surgery, and colorectal cancer screening. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB), and Texas Health Southlake. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer

All Interests: Laparoscopic Colon Surgery, Hemorrhoids, Diverticular Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening, ... (Read more)

Dr. Van Lam, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
9003 Airport Freeway; Suite 300
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Van Lam's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and general pediatrics. Clinical interests for Dr. Lam include depression, hepatitis, and eczema. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lam attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. He has received the distinction of NCQA Diabetes Recognition Recognized for providing the highest-level of diabetes care. Dr. Lam's hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , peptic ulcer, acid reflux (GERD)

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Dr. Peter Edward Grays, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
1909 Central Drive; Suite 202
Bedford, TX
 

Dr. Peter Grays' area of specialization is general surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include colon surgery, inguinal hernia repair, and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. His professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Fort Worth. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grays takes. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Columbus Hospital, Chicago. Dr. Grays speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , appendicitis

All Interests: Appendicitis, Hernia Surgery, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal, Inguinal Hernia Repair, Abdominal ... (Read more)

Dr. Dale Howard Brancel, MD, DO
Specializes in General Surgery
809 W Harwood Road; Suite 201
Hurst, TX
 

Dr. Dale Brancel specializes in general surgery and practices in Hurst, TX and Trophy Club, TX. His clinical interests encompass venous disease, da vinci surgery, and acid reflux (GERD). His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brancel takes. He is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Grandview Medical Center. Dr. Brancel is professionally affiliated with Medical City North Hills and Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic Surgery, Da Vinci Surgery, Acid Reflux, Venous Disease

Dr. Bridget Katherine Holden, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
5204 Colleyville Boulevard
Colleyville, TX
 

Dr. Bridget Holden works as a bariatric surgeon. Patient ratings for Dr. Holden average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Holden include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Holden is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Holden completed a residency program at Baylor University Medical Center. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Weight Loss, Stomach Problems, Duodenal Switch, ... (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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