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UR Medicine Offers Innovative Weight Loss Option

October 4, 2016

Dr. Truptesh Kothari Truptesh Kothari, MD
Victoria Howard Victoria Howard, PA

The FDA-approved "weight loss balloon" procedure is now offered through a collaboration between Strong Memorial Hospital’s Division of Gastroenterology and the Bariatric Center at Highland Hospital. The intragastric balloon is inserted via an endoscope and inflated. After six months, the balloon is removed. During this period, an improved nutrition and a fitness regimen result in an average weight loss of 20 to 35 pounds. Follow-up support by the program’s care team helps the patient maintain healthy lifestyle changes to achieve weight loss and improvements in medical conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.

“For people who are struggling with weight loss, the intragastric balloon offers a minimally invasive, proven technique to help them start strong and stay committed to their goals,” says Truptesh Kothari, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of Medicine and faculty in UR Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. “It kick-starts a person’s weight loss, helping them eat less while they adapt to healthier eating habits that result in success over the long term.”

In addition to Kothari, the program team includes Victoria Howard, P.A., and providers from the Highland Bariatric Center team.

The intragastric balloon procedure is not currently covered by health insurance plans, making patients responsible for the program’s fees.

Kothari Pioneers Novel Internal Hemorrhoid Treatment

August 18, 2016
Truptesh Kothari, MD, MS is the only physician in upstate New York offering Hemorrhoid Energy Therapy (HET), a non-surgical option for treating Grade I and II internal hemorrhoids. The novel treatment can treat multiple hemorrhoids in one visit with minimal or no pain and may not always require sedation. Patients can typically resume normal activities within a day of treatment. While early studies indicate high success rates, research continues to track outcomes of the three-year-old procedure, including a prospective trial currently under way at URMC. For more information, contact the Division at (585) 275-4711.

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