We found 8 providers with an interest in gastrointestinal problems and who accept First Health near Shenandoah, TX.

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Dr. Venodhar Julapalli Julapalli, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
920 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 495
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Venodhar Julapalli's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Julapalli include esophageal dilation, pancreatitis, and colon problems. He is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Julapalli honors. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Julapalli speaks Telugu. Dr. Julapalli is professionally affiliated with Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colon Problems, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafael A Lugo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
150 Pine Forest Drive; Suite 404
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Rafael Lugo is a medical specialist in general surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Lugo speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Lugo include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from Ponce School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lugo is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), colon cancer, hemorrhoids, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Laparoscopic Nissen ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Joseph Pidala, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 320
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Mark Pidala practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Pidala's clinical interests include warts, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Summa Akron City Hospital. Dr. Pidala has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pidala's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, colon problems, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Warts, Incontinence, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles L Yen, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
18488 Interstate 45 South
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Charles Yen practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Houston, TX, Shenandoah, TX, and Cypress, TX. Dr. Yen (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yen include bladder cancer, lung cancer, and minor surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Yen attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Yen is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, colon problems

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Dr. Thomas R Newton Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
9250 Pinecroft Drive
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Newton is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in The Woodlands, TX, Houston, TX, and Spring, TX. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Newton's clinical interests: bleeding, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colectomy (colon resection). He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Newton's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Newton accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, colon problems, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, colon polyps, colitis

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colitis, Bleeding, Colectomy, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bharat Latthe, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1120 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 240
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Bharat Latthe is a physician who specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), family medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). He attended Grant Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Interfaith Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: throat problems, hospice (end-of-life care), and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Latthe takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Latthe (or staff) speaks Spanish, Khmer, and Hindi. Dr. Latthe is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

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Dr. Murtaza N Bhuriwala, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
9319 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Murtaza Bhuriwala's medical specialty is adult hematology and adult oncology. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, he performed his residency at Grace Hospital, Detroit. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bhuriwala takes. In addition to English, Dr. Bhuriwala (or staff) speaks Urdu, Sindhi, and Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer

Dr. Diego C Marines Copado, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
17183 Interstate 45 S.; Suite 530
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Diego Marines specializes in colon & rectal surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: colon cancer, laparoscopic colectomy, and incontinence. Dr. Marines is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from Autonomous University of Tamaulipas. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Marines accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids

All Interests: Incontinence, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, Laparoscopic ... (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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