Gastrointestinal Surgery

To schedule an appointment for a gastrointestinal surgery consultation call (716) 278-4400

New procedures introduced at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is now performing two minimally invasive surgical procedures that may be suitable for patients who suffer from gastrointestinal issues including Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and Gastroparesis.

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LINX

Designed to provide relief to patients suffering chronic acid reflux/GERD, the LINX System is a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores that is placed laparoscopically around the esophagus just above the stomach. The magnetic attraction between the beads helps the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) resist opening to gastric pressures -- thus preventing reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. LINX is designed so that patients can swallow, allowing food and liquid to pass normally into the stomach. The magnetic bond closes the LES immediately after swallowing.

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Gastric Electrical Stimulation (GES)

Designed to provide relief to patients with Gastroparesis, GES utilizes an electrical device, the Enterra™ Therapy gastric pacemaker, to provide mild electrical stimulation to the lower stomach nerves. The mild electrical pulses, which are transmitted through a neurostimulator, encourage the stomach to contract and help to relieve nausea and vomiting. The gastric pacemaker is placed subcutaneously below the rib cage in the abdomen using minimally invasive surgical techniques. Two lead wires with electrodes are implanted into the stomach muscle wall to deliver mild electrical pulses for symptom control. These procedures will be performed by Dr. Bala Thatigotla and Dr. Vikram Vattipally,

Learn more about gastroparesis

For more information about these procedures, please contact your primary care physician or call us at (716) 278-4400.

For our Western NY, Northwestern PA & Canadian patients

Dr. Bala Thatigotla and Dr. Vikram Vattipally offer comprehensive gastrointestinal disease evaluation, plan and treatment to patients from Western NY, Northwestern PA, Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec Canada and beyond. We see a lot of patients from Buffalo, NY and the Niagara County area. 

For your convenience, Niagara Falls Memorial has negotiated special preferred rates and room accommodations with Wingate Hotel. Patients, and their family members, will also receive a welcome package and work with hospital liaison to address any needs they may have.

Dr. Bala Thatigotla

Bala Thatigotla, M.D., M.R.C.S. (UK), F.A.C.S., performs general, laparoscopic, robotic and bariatric surgery. He also treats patients with acid reflux, hernias (including complex hernias), and gallbladder issues.

A graduate of Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati, India, he did post-graduate work in General Surgery at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and completed a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery/Bariatric Surgery at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Dr. Bala is board certified in General Surgery by both the American Board of Surgery and The Royal College of Surgeons (UK).

Dr. Vikram Vattipally

Vikram Vattipally, M.D., M.R.C.S. (UK), performs general, laparoscopic, robotic and bariatric surgery. He also treats patients with acid reflux, hernias (including complex hernias), and gallbladder issues.

A graduate of Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India, he completed his fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic/Bariatric Surgery at Penn State University's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Dr. Vattipally is board certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery, The Royal College of Surgeons (UK), and NTR University of Health Sciences, Andhra Pradesh, India.