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About gastroparesis

Do you have gastroparesis?

Are you experiencing chronic nausea, vomiting, or abdominal discomfort that medications and lifestyle changes don’t seem to control? You may have gastroparesis.

Common symptoms

Typical symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Feelings of fullness after only a few bites of food
  • Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Changes in blood sugar levels
  • Lack of appetite
  • Excessive weight loss or gain

What is gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis is a medical condition that causes food to digest more slowly than normal.

In a healthy digestive system, strong muscular contractions move food from the stomach through the digestive tract. But with gastroparesis, the stomach muscles work poorly or not at all—preventing the stomach from emptying properly.

Gastroparesis has several causes, including type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, post surgical complications and other causes, but in many cases, the cause is unknown.

Diagnosing gastroparesis

Although the journey to diagnosing gastroparesis can feel long, finding answers is possible.

Diagnosis is based on a complete medical history, physical examination, and tests that may include:

  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Gastric Emptying Test (GET)
  • Gastroduodenal manometry
  • Electrogastrography (EGG)

Because there are many causes, it’s important to speak with your doctor about other medical conditions or medications that may cause symptoms similar to those of gastroparesis.

The information provided on this site is for general educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for your individual situation.

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The Enterra® Therapy System for gastric electrical stimulation (GES) is indicated for the treatment of chronic intractable (drug refractory) nausea and vomiting secondary to gastroparesis. This system has not been evaluated for pregnant women, for use in patients under the age of 18, or patients over the age of 70. Patients should always discuss potential risks and benefits with their clinician.