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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12505 Lebanon Road
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Murali Alloju is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He attended Osmania Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo for residency. His areas of expertise include diagnostic endoscopy, hemorrhoid banding, and crohn's disease. Patient reviews placed Dr. Alloju at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Alloju (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Plano.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, colon problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis, rectal bleeding

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

Dr. Octavio Armando De La Pena, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5601 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Octavio De La Pena is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Frisco, TX. His clinical interests include hemorrhoid banding, colon problems, and gastric (stomach) ulcer. Dr. De La Pena accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He studied medicine at La Salle University, Mexican Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. In addition to English, Dr. De La Pena speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Plano.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon problems, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Diagnostic Endoscopy, Upper Endoscopy, Hemorrhoid Banding, Lower Endoscopy, Ulcers, Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12505 Lebanon Road
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Sangeethapri Duraiswamy's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Duraiswamy include hemorrhoid banding, crohn's disease, and diagnostic colonoscopy. Dr. Duraiswamy is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She studied medicine at Coimbatore Medical College. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Dallas.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, colon problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Colitis, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Upper Endoscopy, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
6898 Lebanon Road; Suite 103
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Robert Santaella's medical specialty is general surgery and vascular surgery. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Clinical interests for Dr. Santaella include perianal abscess, open surgery, and hemorrhoids. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Santaella speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Allen. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , perianal abscess, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication, Hemorrhoids, Open Surgery, Perianal Abscess, Appendectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dale D Burleson, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
5575 Warren Parkway; Suite 306
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Dale Burleson's areas of specialization are general surgery and colon & rectal surgery; he sees patients in Plano, TX and Frisco, TX. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Burleson's clinical interests include diverticular disease, crohn's disease, and laparoscopic colon surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Dallas, and Texas Health Plano. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Burleson is accepting new patients. He graduated from Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Dr. Burleson has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Burleson (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, Crohn's disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, colon polyps

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Laparoscopic Colon Surgery, Hemorrhoids, Colon Polyps, ... (Read more)

Dr. Julianne Marie Santarosa, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
5601 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Julianne Santarosa is a specialist in general surgery. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: thyroid surgery, hernia surgery, and heartburn. Dr. Santarosa is affiliated with Centennial Medical Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Allen. Dr. Santarosa accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

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

All Interests: Laparoscopic Fundoplication, Intestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Victor Hamn, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
5601 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Hamn, who practices in Plano, TX and Frisco, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. In Dr. Hamn's practice, he is particularly interested in heartburn, gastric bypass surgery, and acid reflux (GERD). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hamn's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at the University of Missouri Health System. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery, and Texas Health Plano. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Heartburn, Weight Loss, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical ... (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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