We found 6 gastroenterologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Live Oak, TX.

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Dr. Ricardo A Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12709 Toepperwein Road; Suite 301
San Antonio, TX
 

Dr. Ricardo Hernandez is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise consist of crohn's disease, colonoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Hernandez is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hernandez is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Methodist Health System.

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Clinical interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Colonoscopy

Dr. Clinton D Polhamus, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12709 Toepperwein Road; Suite 301
San Antonio, TX
 

Dr. Clinton Polhamus practices adult gastroenterology in San Antonio, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Polhamus include colonoscopy, acid reflux (GERD), and constipation. He is professionally affiliated with Methodist Health System. Dr. Polhamus is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Polhamus completed a residency program at Wright-Patterson Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Consultation, Colonoscopy, Constipation

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12850 Toepperwein Road
Live Oak, TX
 

Dr. Hays Arnold is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arnold takes. Dr. Arnold is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11485 Toepperwein Road; Suite 2
Live Oak, TX
 

Dr. David Jones is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11485 Toepperwein Road; Suite 2
Live Oak, TX
 

Dr. Oscar Ramirez practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ramirez is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11485 Toepperwein Road; Suite 2
Live Oak, TX
 

Dr. Michael Piesman practices adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Piesman 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.

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What is Gastroenterology?

A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in the normal function and diseases of the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, and liver. As a specialty, gastroenterology is the study of how food moves through the body, how nutrients are absorbed by the body, and how waste is removed by the body. A few of the conditions that a gastroenterologist might treat are:
  • ulcerative colitis (a condition where inflammation and sores affect the lower intestine)
  • gallbladder disease (where bile stored in the gallbladder thickens and causes inflammation or gallstones)
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (stomach acid flows back into the throat and causes a burning sensation and tissue damage)

One unique trait that really sets gastroenterologists apart is their training and skill with endoscopy, a procedure where tiny flexible tubes are inserted into the body. These tubes are equipped with lights and cameras to provide the practitioner with a close, inside look at what is going on inside the patient’s body. Tools can even be inserted through the tubes to perform certain procedures, such as removing polyps or cancers, stretching open passageways that have narrowed, or applying lasers to stop bleeding.

Gastroenterologists do not perform surgery, but they do perform endoscopic procedures, as well as biopsies to determine if cancer is affecting the digestive tract. Although other physicians can use endoscopes, gastroenterologists devote a significant portion of their medical training and practice to endoscopy. They learn how and when to use endoscopy, the safest and most efficient methods to use, and how to interpret what they see through the endoscope.
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