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The gastric balloon is now an option for some patients

“The gastric balloon is one more step in creating a multi-modality approach to treating obesity that increasingly will use pharmaceutical agents, along with surgery for some patients and endoscopic procedures for others,” says David Lautz, MD, medical director of the Emerson Center for Weight Loss. The Orbera gastric balloon, which Dr. Lautz and Laura Doyon, MD, have begun offering to patients, remains in the stomach for six months and is then removed. Read More


Out of nowhere, a heart attack

Looking back, Jessica Miller can’t fully explain why she made the turn on Route 2 and walked into the Emerson Emergency Department (ED) last June, but the decision saved her life. Read More


Get to know: Elizabeth Peters, MD

Elizabeth Peters, MD, likes the medical detective work that comes with practicing radiology. Since joining the Emerson medical staff 20 years ago, she has seen the department grow and the technology steadily advance.  Read More


In my own voice: David Whiteman, MD, on how aggressive wound care saved his foot

An infected foot led to David Whiteman, MD, taking himself to Emerson emergency department. Once there, Emerson's skilled clinicians moved quickly. Thanks to Scott Paparello, DO, infectious disease specialist, Sandra Weakland, DPM, podiatric surgeon, and the Emerson Center for Advanced Wound Care, Dr. Whiteman is walking on a healthy foot again. Read More


Acton resident sees impressive weight loss after bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery leads to weight loss, but how much and how quickly varies from person to person. Susan Pinsky surpassed her weight-loss goal within six months of having gastric bypass surgery at Emerson's Center for Weight Loss. More importantly, the Acton resident is healthy again and back to enjoying hiking, traveling and ballroom dancing. Read More


Get to Know: Peter Krims, MD

As a gastroenterologist, Peter Krims, MD, cares for patients whose symptoms and complaints vary widely. At Middlesex Endoscopy & Gastroenterology in Acton, he performs procedures, including colonoscopies, upper endoscopies and ERCPs, and evaluates patients, some of whom restrict their diets in an effort to gain a sense of control. Read More


Thinking differently about scoliosis

Treatment for scoliosis has evolved to become a collaboration of experts: experienced professionals who understand the value of working together to benefit the patient. At the Emerson Scoliosis Program, located at Emerson’s Westford Health Center, the team shares the same goal as the patient and family: avoid surgery, if possible. Read More


Urgent care has a role to play

Going to an urgent care center can be the right choice when an injury deserves immediate attention but is not a life-threatening emergency. If it is after-hours or if getting an appointment with one’s own physician quickly is unlikely, area residents are finding that Emerson’s urgent care centers in Hudson and Littleton provide what they need. Read More


Urology care now comprises the full range and the most specialized

Emerson Urology Associates is attracting patients from near and far who recognize the precision and expertise that our physicians bring to diagnosing and treating urological issues. Read More


In a few short months, back to hockey after a serious ankle fracture

Hockey injuries, like the one Matthias Watson suffered last winter, happen fast. Matt and his parents were soon in the office of John Cahoy, MD, PhD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Emerson, where they learned that he fractured his left ankle — badly. “Matt had a triplane fracture, which is one of the more serious ankle fractures,” says Dr. Cahoy. Read More