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Dr. Louis Bell, MD

Gastroenterology •  Male • Age 67

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Dr. Bell

Coastal Gastroenterology

29 Plantation Park Dr Ste 203 Bluffton, SC 29910
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(843) 342-2299

Dr. Louis Bell, MD is a gastroenterology specialist in Bluffton, SC and has been practicing for 36 years. He graduated from Temple University in 1978 and specializes in gastroenterology and hepatology.

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(843) 342-2299

Dr. Bell accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
Cigna
CoreSource
Coventry Health Care
First Choice Health
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
Golden Rule
Humana
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
MedCost
Medica
Medicaid
Medical Mutual of Ohio
MetLife
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Tricare

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Dr. Bell's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Dysphagia
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Dr. Bell treats Dysphagia more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Bell treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Diarrhea
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Dr. Bell treats Diarrhea more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Bell treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Abdominal Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Bell treats Abdominal Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Bell treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Bell's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • All Types of Food Poisoning
  • Anal Abscess
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Anemia
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Anorectal Abscess and Fistula
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bile Duct Disorders
  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cancer Treatment Complications
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Chronic Anemia
  • Cirrhosis
  • Clotting and Bleeding Disorders
  • Colitis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Colon Disorders
  • Colon Polyp
  • Colonic Volvulus
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy With Polypectomy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Distal Colorectal Cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulitis, Intestinal
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysentery
  • Dysphagia
  • Endoscopic Common Bile Duct Stone Removal
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Enteritis
  • ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
  • Esophageal Achalasia and Cardiospasm
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Dilatation
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Stenting
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Esophagogastroscopy
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Fecal Impaction Removal
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Food Poisoning
  • Functional Dyspepsia
  • Gallbladder Diseases
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver)
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heartburn
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hemorrhoid Banding
  • Hemorrhoid Treatment
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatorenal Syndrome
  • Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Impacted Shoulders
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Diseases
  • Intestinal Ischemia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intraoral Camera
  • Intussusception
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Liver Diseases and Disorders
  • Malnutrition
  • Manometry
  • Nausea
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Non-Neonatal Jaundice
  • Obstructive Jaundice
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Percutaneous Edoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Pruritus Ani
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Rigid Sigmoidoscopy
  • Screening Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomal Ulcer
  • Substance Abuse
  • Therapeutic Colonoscopy
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Viral Enteritis
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Vomiting Disorders
  • Zenker's Diverticulum
  • Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome

Dr. Bell's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Bell

3.8

Based on 89 reviews

5 Stars
65.1685393258427%
(58)
4 Stars
3.3707865168539324%
(3)
3 Stars
0%
(0)
2 Stars
7.865168539325842%
(7)
1 Star
23.59550561797753%
(21)

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Dr Bell is an energetic man, ready to roll up his sleeves : AND WORK On diagnosing and treating his patients - there is a terrific “ vibe” at his office : you can sense his competent staff are loyal and hardworking also
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Brilliant would recommend. I would not entrust my family and friends to any other physician
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I have been to many many doctors and I have to say Dr. Bell is one of the most competent, old school doctors who really wants to solve medical issues. He is extremely thorough and spends a lot of time discussing options with you. I highly recommend him for any person in need of an excellent gastro guy, especially if you are complicated.
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Dr. Bell performed my colonoscopy on Sept. 26, 2019. From the initial admission staff, to the nurses, to the anesthesiologist, and meeting pre surgery briefly with Dr. Bell, it was an amazingly positive experience! Knowledgeable, professional, warm and compassionate, are the words that describe this dynamic group of medical professionals. I have a medical background, and come from a family of nurses. I am not swayed by fancy offices and medical staff that seem to just be having a lot of fun. This is about my health and I do expect the medical personnel to take it as seriously as I do. I want a doctor who performs with a high level of medical knowledge and experience. Dr. Bell fit my criteria! He spoke to me after my procedure and called me today with the biopsy report. I am so lucky to have located him, as I have lived here a short time and based my decision on reviews and word of mouth.... He is the best!!! Many thanks to Dr. Bell and all his staff.
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Rude and not helpful after waiting for an appointment 2+ months to tell me nothing is wrong with me.Safe to say visited another doctor who listened and told me what is wrong with me. I have never in my life wrote a review but I don't want someone else to feel the way I did and have no solution. Nurses on the other hand were lovely.
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I am 87 and have had the greatest regard for Dr Bell for nearly 20 years. I will always be grateful that I met him. He is truly the kindest and also the most conscientious doctor I have ever known. He is the best.
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Just had a endoscopy & colonoscopy at the Okatie Surgery Center. The staff was very friendly and attentive, made me and my wife feel very comfortable. Dr Bell was great, would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, no noscence doctor. He clearly explained the process and findings. The procedures were quick and I had no after effects which was not the case for my previous proceedures with other physicians.
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Dr. Bell took a great deal of time with my husband and me. He listened to my chest and ordered a lung xray. After referrals to pulmonologists, i was diagnosed with lung cancer. I had no symptoms and never smoked. He even called even on a Saturday to ask about me. We will always be grateful to him.
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Dr. Bell is knowledgeable and very direct. He diagnosed my issues and recommended two prescriptions. It has been several weeks since my appointment and both conditions have improved significantly due to his correct diagnosis and recommendations.
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I went to three other doctors for the same problem and none were able to heal The area. Dr Bell listened, and prescribed a treatment which cleared the area within the recommend time frame. I highly recommend Dr Bell.
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Louis Bell, MD believes that every patient should always be embraced with personal kindness, respect, attention and understanding. Dr. Louis Bell strives to provide care in a timely fashion, from first contact through follow-up. By listening to your needs and concerns, Dr. Louis Bell communicates in an understandable manner to determine the need for treatment and treatment progress.

Specialties

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology

Board Certifications

  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine

Education

1983
Lankenau Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
1981
Albert Einstein Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1979
Mercy Hospital
Internship Hospital
1978
Temple University
Medical School
1974
Temple University
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • community service award healthcare, 2005

Locations

Coastal Gastroenterology

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  • Hours
    • Mon: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: closed
    • Thu: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
  • Directions

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