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Dr. Colleen Irene Harrigan, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4708 Alliance Boulevard; Pavilion 1, Suite 830
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Colleen Kennedy is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. These areas are among Dr. Kennedy's clinical interests: gastric bypass surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and sleeve gastrectomy. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Kennedy is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Rockwall. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8080 Independence Parkway; Suite 200
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Tanya Evans sees patients in Southlake, TX, McKinney, TX, and Plano, TX. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include heartburn and acid reflux (GERD). Her professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Medical City McKinney (MCM), and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC). Dr. Evans accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and United Healthcare Plans. Dr. Evans's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at Scott and White Healthcare. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Heartburn, Acid Reflux

Dr. Thomas G Van Dinter Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4700 Alliance Boulevard
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Van Dinter practices adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include achalasia, colon cancer, and hepatitis C. Dr. Van Dinter is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic ... (Read more)

Dr. Rassa Shahidzadeh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4700 Alliance Boulevard
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Rassa Shahidzadeh specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include indigestion, achalasia, and colon cancer. Dr. Shahidzadeh accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Shahidzadeh (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Dr. Shahidzadeh is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4700 Alliance Boulevard
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Shibu Oommen works as a gastroenterologist in Plano, TX. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Oommen's areas of expertise include the following: indigestion, achalasia, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Oommen graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University. He speaks Malayalam.

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All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic ... (Read more)

Dr. David Lawrence Smith, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma Surgery, Critical Care
3801 W 15th Street; Suite 150b
Plano, TX
 

Dr. David Smith sees patients in Las Colinas, TX, McKinney, TX, and Plano, TX. His medical specialties are general surgery, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and trauma surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and hepatobiliary disorders. Dr. Smith accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He graduated from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Allen, and Medical City Frisco. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Sarcoma, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery
4700 Alliance Boulevard
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Elizabeth Papaila practices general surgery in Plano, TX. Her areas of expertise include groin hernia, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, and gallbladder problems. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Papaila obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed her residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Thyroid Surgery, Tumor, Biliary Disorders, Colon Problems, Endocrine Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.
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