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From the Spring Observer/Houston Community Newspapers


Northwest offers treatment option for gastroparesis

By From Community Reports

Updated: 05.14.10

Houston Northwest Medical Center is one of only three locations in Houston, and the only one in North Harris/South Montgomery County, performing gastric electric stimulation surgery for people suffering from gastroparesis.

Dr. Guru N. Reddy, gastroenterologist on the medical staff at Houston Northwest Medical Center, introduced this technology to the hospital, making it available to residents of the northwest community. Gastric electrical stimulation may be used to help reduce symptoms of chronic nausea and vomiting associated with gastroparesis of diabetic or unknown origin that resists treatment with medication.

“Gastroparesis is a stomach disorder in which food is digested more slowly than normal,” said Dr. Atif Shahzad, gastroenterologist on the medical staff at Houston Northwest Medical Center. “In a healthy digestive system, strong muscular contractions move food from the stomach through the digestive tract. With gastroparesis, however, the stomach muscles work poorly or not at all, thus preventing the stomach from emptying properly.”

The electric stimulator acts as a “pacemaker for the stomach” and sends mild electrical impulses to the stomach to stimulate the nerves and smooth muscles of the lower stomach. Stimulation can be adjusted to the appropriate settings with a handheld, external programmer. The therapy is reversible and can be turned off by doctors at any time.

“Patients experiencing nausea and vomiting may not know when these episodes will occur,” said Dr. Dexter Turnquest, general surgeon on the medical staff at HNMC. “Because gastroparesis has no cure, this procedure may improve the quality of life for people suffering from gastroparesis who are not responsive to medication or dietary changes.”

The cause of gastroparesis is unknown, but it may be caused by a disruption of nerve signals to the intestine. The condition is a common complication of diabetes, either Type 1 or Type 2. Common symptoms of gastroparesis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal bloating, abdominal pain, feelings of fullness after only a few bites of food, heartburn, changes in blood sugar levels, lack of appetite and excessive weight loss.

Gastroparesis can not only cause chronic nausea and vomiting, but also lead to malnutrition and inadequate blood sugar levels. Medication and diet changes are standard treatments for gastroparesis; however, they may not provide enough relief on their own.

For more information about this surgery or for a physician referral, please call 281-580-0000.

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This has been available since 2000, but information is now becoming more available about how the device has been working for GP patients. Here is the link to the Enterra website and a few others.

www.medtronic.com/your-health/gastro
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www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/
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www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/
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www.mayoclinic.com/health/gastropare
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