Goodbye Gastroparesis

New Therapy Helps Relieve Severe Stomach Condition

Apr 1, 2001

On January 3, Medtronic, Inc. announced the results of a study that suggests a new therapy significantly reduces the symptoms of gastroparesis.

In the study, Enterra Therapy, an impantable device, has been shown to reduce the symptoms of gastroparesis. It functions by delivering mild electrical pulses to the nerves in the stomach, which stimulates digestion.

Gastroparesis, a severe stomach condition that effects up to 25 percent of all people with diabetes, occurs when the stomach muscles do not work properly. Common symptoms include vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain.

According to the United Hospital of St Paul, Minnesota, of the 100 patients worldwide who were used in the study, 93 percent of them vomited less than half as many times after using the device.

While the results show a variety of responses, overall most patients felt a lot better after using Enterra Therapy. The medication, produced by Medtronic, Inc., of Minneapolis, has been available since March 2000. For more information, contact Medtronic at (800) 664-5111, ext. 4000.

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Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Gastroparesis (Digestion Problems)

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Posted by Anonymous on 15 November 2007

I have been suffering with gastroparisis for many years in & out of the hospital feeding tubes, exploratory surgery,and a phychiatrist because they think I'm crazy. I have insurance but they will not pay for the Ennterra therapy devise. I have a doctor but my insurance said no because it experimental. My gastro doctor, my family doctor all wrote letters for me to mail to my insurance telling them that this the last resort for me. Is there any body out there that can help me or have any suggestions. thank you

Posted by Anonymous on 4 February 2008

I have gastro paresis it is not related to diabetes but i heard if your stomach isn't functioning you can't get a correct test on sugar.Is that true os false?I am in the process for the gastric pacer and i want to know the source of my paresis!

Posted by Anonymous on 16 March 2008

I have a 70 year old patient with ???? Diabetic Gastroprresis, This lady has Dysphagia and I am trying to find a diet that may help her. She has chronic diahorrea and is on Gastrostop and Codine Phospate to control same.

Posted by Anonymous on 26 August 2008

My son is 22,and Type 1--He has been hospitalized twice in the past year,six months apart.Both times his stomach was injectd with botox which within 24-48 hours eliminated the parises almost completly.But as I wrote it only lasts 6 months or a little longer.Even the nurses at the hospital were stunned that Botox would be used for this purpose.I am not sure how many times it is possible to use this treatment.

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