Richard A. Truesdale, Jr., M.D.
Trini Vaidya, M.D.
Thomas Mathew, M.D.
Mariana de Jongh, M.D.
Gastroenterology Associates addresses GI, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and incontinence issues.
Easily accessible and located on the third floor (Suite 531) of the Sharon Morse Medical Center on U.S. Highway 441 in The Villages, Gastroenterology Associates provides comprehensive services in gastroenterology and hepatology.
“You can get 99 percent of your GI and liver, pancreas, and gallbladder issues addressed right here. Patients can access care in their golf carts, which is really kind of amazing,” says Dr. Trini Vaidya, a gastroenterologist.
In addition to Dr. Vaidya, the practice also includes physicians, Dr. Richard A. Truesdale, Dr. Thomas Mathew, Dr. Mariana de Jongh, and advanced registered nurse practitioners Robyn Carlisle and Lyudmila Schultz.
“We are American medical-school trained, double board-certified physicians, and speak very good English. You have to have an open line of communication with someone who is taking care of your health,” says Dr. Vaidya, who adds Dr. de Jongh, the female physician in the group, also speaks Spanish.
Among the available services: colonoscopy, capsule endoscopy, ERCP, and hemorrhoid bandings. The doctors also treat colon polyps, GERD, Barrett’s esophagus, liver disease, ulcer disease, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, heartburn, and chronic constipation or diarrhea.
Dr. Vaidya is proud his group’s practice is focused on improving patients’ health.
“We often find—and most importantly—prevent cancer. We find so many polyps,” he says. “As a total group, we might be removing in the range of 300 to 400 polyps a day, and any one of those could turn into cancer. Daily, we are making a huge impact in cancer rates and it’s very, very satisfying. There are very few things in life that adds decades to someone’s life.”
In the past, patients had to travel considerable distances from home for full gastroenterology and hepatology services.
“We’re able to do just about everything here,” says Dr. Vaidya. “We are very excited that we actually can fix incontinence. It’s an FDA approved implantable device, and we are one of the few practices in the area to provide incontinence evaluation, fix, and repair of incontinence, which is a big deal, and it’s covered by Medicare. The testing is covered by insurance and Medicare, and it is considered medically necessary. It’s not considered a cosmetic procedure.”
Gastroenterology Associates // 1400 US Hwy 441, Suite 531, Lady Lake // 352.751.4885 // gaocala.com