We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Aetna HMO near Dallas, TX.

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Dr Murali M Alloju MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.16 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
7610 Stemmons Freeway; Suite 500
Dallas, TX

Dr. Murali Alloju is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Alloju (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alloju include diagnostic endoscopy, hemorrhoid banding, and crohn's disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Plano. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Alloju trained at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. On average, patients gave Dr. Alloju a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alloju takes.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's Disease, Colon Problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding

All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hemorr ... (Read more)

Dr Viralkumar Vinaychandra Patel MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX

Dr. Viralkumar Patel works as a gastroenterologist. He graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include heartburn, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). Dr. Patel 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. Dr. Patel has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Gastrointestinal Problems, Heartburn, Acid Reflux

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical Procedures, ERCP, Heartburn, Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux, Col ... (Read more)

Ranjeeta R Bahirwani MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX

Dr. Ranjeeta Bahirwani specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Dr. Bahirwani has indicated that her clinical interests include hepatitis, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bahirwani honors. She attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , Liver Cancer

All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Liver Cancer, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease

Colleen I Kennedy MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX

Dr. Colleen Kennedy works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Rockwall, TX, Dallas, TX, and Plano, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Kennedy include gastric bypass surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and sleeve gastrectomy. Dr. Kennedy is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Kennedy's professional affiliations include Texas Health Rockwall and Baylor Scott & White Health. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Acid Reflux

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Gastric Bypass Surger ... (Read more)

Jeffrey S Stephens MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
3600 Gaston Avenue; Suite 958
Dallas, TX

Dr. Jeffrey Stephens practices general surgery. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at Baylor University Medical Center for residency. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Stephens accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Stephens speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Texas Health Rockwall, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Colon Cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hernia, Cancer Surgery, Breast Surgery, Appendectomy, Bio ... (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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