We found 9 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze HMO near Rowlett, TX.

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Dr. Viralkumar Vinaychandra Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7401 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 260
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Viralkumar Patel's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: 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, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Patel has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Sami Naci Arslanlar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7501 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 260
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Sami Arslanlar's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Arslanlar include heartburn, peptic ulcer, and colorectal cancer screening. He 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. Arslanlar obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Arslanlar (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Turkish. Dr. Arslanlar is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Arslanlar's office for an appointment.

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

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Dr. John Chen-Han Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7501 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 260
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. John Lee works as a gastroenterologist in Rowlett, TX and Dallas, TX. Dr. Lee's clinical interests include pancreas problems, heartburn, and thyroid problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Lee performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, peptic ulcer, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Pancreas Problems, Thyroid Problems, Heartburn, Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisa Cristina Alvarez, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7501 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 260
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Lisa Alvarez, who practices in Rowlett, TX and Dallas, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and performed her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alvarez include heartburn, colorectal cancer screening, and surgical procedures. Dr. Alvarez 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. Alvarez is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Dallas, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heartburn, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Heartburn, Acid Reflux, Surgical Procedures, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Dr. David W Ritter, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
7501 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 270
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. David Ritter's area of specialization is general surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ritter include thyroid problems, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Ritter's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Health Rockwall, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. He attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Baylor University Medical Center for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Ritter is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ritter takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Weight ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher James Cottrell, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
7600 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 100
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Cottrell's area of specialization is general surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Cottrell speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery), obesity, and heartburn. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Health Rockwall, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. Dr. Cottrell is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and a graduate of Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver's residency program. On average, patients gave him a rating 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, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery, Laparoscopic Fundoplication, Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Roberto Rodriguez-Ruesga, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other, Colon & Rectal Surgery
3142 Horizon Road; Suite 110
Rockwall, TX
 

Dr. Roberto Rodriguez-Ruesga is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He works in Dallas, TX, Plano, TX, and Rockwall, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Rodriguez-Ruesga's hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Rockwall, and Texas Oncology. He 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. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic and Butterworth Hospital, Dr. Rodriguez-Ruesga attended medical school at Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Cancer Surgery, Ulcerative Colitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Scott Stephens, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
6800 Scenic Drive
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Stephens is a specialist in general surgery. Before completing his residency at Baylor University Medical Center, Dr. Stephens attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stephens include cancer surgery, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Stephens takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Stephens has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Rockwall, and Lake Pointe Medical Center. Dr. Stephens welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hernia, Cancer Surgery, Breast Surgery, Appendectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine Rose Makohon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
7700 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 300b
Rowlett, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Makohon is a physician who specializes in general surgery. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Methodist Health System. These areas are among Dr. Makohon's clinical interests: diverticular disease, breast surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Makohon's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Lake Pointe Medical Center, and Texas Health Kaufman. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , diverticular disease, bowel obstruction, intestinal (bowel) problems, appendicitis

All Interests: Appendicitis, Intestinal Problems, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Bowel Obstruction, Diverticular ... (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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