Punitha Shivaprasad, DO

Most people are comfortable seeing their primary care physician regularly. Digestive health too is a key component of a healthy body and quality gastroenterological care is vital for overall wellbeing.

Punitha Shivaprasad, DO, is dedicated to providing expert quality care for gastrointestinal issues. She brings a high-tech, high-touch approach to patient care. Patients, their families, nurses and her peers recognize her warm personality and dedication to compassionate care. She is an affiliated Gastroenterologist at Penn Medicine at Princeton Medical Center and with the Surgical Specialists at Princeton, located in the Princeton Forrestal Village. Her office is conveniently located at 5 Plainsboro Road, Suite 360, in the Princeton Medical Arts Pavilion.

“Our advanced procedures, such as Endoscopic Ultrasound, benefit patients with early detection and staging of lethal cancers such as pancreatic, bile duct, stomach, and esophageal cancers. Early detection improves survival and will help in choosing appropriate treatment for the stage of that particular cancer,” stresses Dr. Shivaprasad.

“Colon cancer screening is vital. It is appearing earlier and earlier in the population. I have found and successfully treated patients much younger than the target age of 50 who have had cancerous or pre-cancerous polyps that would have been undetected if not for a colonoscopy. The trend to virtual or at home screenings is laudable for raising awareness but, in truth, there are drawbacks. Small polyps are not detected and they can be as much of concern as larger ones. And if something merits a biopsy, why have to make another appointment and do another preparation?”

“Another specialty is early pancreatic cancer detection. We do a thorough risk assessment and counsel patients on risk factors such as drinking and smoking. While there have been significant improvements to treatment protocols, diagnostic tests such as endoscopic ultrasound is critical for early detection which is important to be able to save lives” says Dr. Shivaprasad

“Issues unique to women’s digestive health is another focus of our practice. It is important to notice small changes in your body and not just “chalk it up” to something minor. What appears to be simple, such as rectal bleeding, can be more than merely hemorrhoids. Knowledge is power when it comes to your health and paying attention to our bodies is key.”

Premier Gastroenterology of Princeton treats a full range of gastroenterological issues, including abdominal pain, gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer, GI bleed, anemia, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gas and bloating, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, hepatitis, cirrhosis, gallstone disease, constipation, and diarrhea.

“Many organs play important roles in maintaining full body health. Beyond the esophagus, the stomach and the colon, the health of the liver and the gall bladder and the pancreas are key. Some issues are easily treated but others signal serious illness. Being on top of your health prevents problems from becoming life-threatening and that is our primary goal,” counsels Dr. Shivaprasad.

Take charge of your health. Contact Premier Gastroenterology of Princeton today.

Premier Gastroenterology of Princeton, 5 Plainsboro Road, Suite 360, Plainsboro. 609-917-9917. www.premiergiofprinceton.com

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