We found 5 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Employers Health Network near Katy, TX.

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Dr. Spencer CY Li M.D.
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
average rating 2.46 stars (8 ratings)
21316 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Spencer Li's medical specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer and crohn's disease. Dr. Li has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Li's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Joey Michael Bluhm M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery
average rating 5 stars (3 ratings)
23920 Katy Frwy.; Suite 560a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Joey Bluhm is a medical specialist in general surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of thyroid surgery, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and gallstones. Dr. Bluhm's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. Dr. Bluhm honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Bluhm attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Gallstones, Thyroid Surgery, Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal, ... (Read more)

Sammy E. Khoury MD
Specializes in General Surgery
average rating 4.77 stars (3 ratings)
23960 Katy Freeway; Suite 130
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Sammy Khoury works as a general surgeon. His clinical interests include thyroid problems, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Khoury is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Khoury trained at Lankenau Medical Center. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Khoury is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, Crohn's disease

All Interests: Peritoneal Catheter Placement, Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Flexible ... (Read more)

Viswanath Kalapatapu M.D.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1331 W Grand Parkway North; Suite 230
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Viswanath Kalapatapu's specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Kalapatapu include knee problems, prostate problems, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Kalapatapu's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Depression, Contact Dermatitis, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Knee ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 4.5 stars (1 rating)
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 555
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Jessica McKelvey's area of specialization is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. McKelvey include diabetes, menopause, and screening test. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, Coventry, and more. Dr. McKelvey studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. McKelvey is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Menopause, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Diabetes, Hay Fever, High Cholesterol, Screening ... (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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