Gastroparesis is a condition in which the stomach (part of the gastrointestinal tract) is unable to fully empty its contents, due to decreased or lack of transit time, without physical obstruction. Although at this point in time, gastroparesis is idiopathic (unknown cause), it has been known to be associated with certain conditions, such as, medication induced, Diabetes, sclerotic associated conditions as well as common surgical procedures, such as gastrectomy (removal of part of the stomach).
This condition can be debilitating and frustrating for most with an increase in morbidity. Gastroparesis presents with chronic abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, chronic abdominal distention, early satiety and feeling of fullness. Unintentional weight loss as well as hypoglycemia is often associated with this condition.
Although gastroparesis has no cure, there is hope for improving quality of life with the implantation of a gastric pacemaker. Like a cardiac pacemaker, this device sends electrical signals to the stomach to stimulate movement in a controlled and constant fashion. Because gastroparesis, like many other health conditions, is unique to each individual, the gastric pacemaker can be adjusted to adapt to each individual’s specific needs. A quick adjustment in the office can be done at any time once the device is implanted.
This procedure is performed at a hospital under sterile technique. This includes general anesthesia and a one night stay in the hospital to better manage a patient’s recovery. This procedure can be done robotically or laparoscopically allowing for smaller incisions, quicker recovery and most importantly, less pain.
Contact our office for a consult if you think you are experiencing symptoms of this condition and would like to improve your quality of life.