What is the best treatment for diabetic gastroparesis?

Medications to treat gastroparesis may include:

  • Medications to stimulate the stomach muscles. These medications include metoclopramide (Reglan) and erythromycin.
  • Medications to control nausea and vomiting. Drugs that help ease nausea and vomiting include diphenhydramine (Benadryl, others) and ondansetron (Zofran).

How long does a gastric pacemaker last?

How long does the stimulator battery last? The battery life is about 5-10 years. When the battery in the device wears out, a minor surgical procedure is required in order to replace the generator and battery.

What surgery can be done for gastroparesis?

One type of surgery for gastroparesis is gastric electrical stimulation, which is a treatment that sends mild electric shocks to the stomach muscles. In this procedure, the doctor inserts a small device called a gastric stimulator into the abdomen.

What is severe diabetic gastroparesis?

More recently, the term diabetic gastroparesis (DGp) has been used to describe a serious complication of diabetes resulting in delayed gastric emptying with associated upper gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms in the absence of any mechanical obstruction [2].

What are the side effects of a gastric pacemaker?

Risks of Gastric Pacemaker

  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Heart burn.
  • Abdominal pain near the implant site.
  • Surgical complications.

How is a gastric pacemaker inserted?

When used as a treatment for gastroparesis, the pacemaker is inserted into the abdomen, with electrical wires leading to the stomach. It sends electrical impulses to stimulate the stomach after eating. The pacemaker is surgically implanted under the skin and is connected to two electrodes placed on the stomach wall.

What is Severe gastroparesis?

Chronic gastroparesis is a motility dysfunction often associated with severe symptoms, the most common disabling symptoms being nausea and vomiting. The term “gastroparesis” is a Greek word that means “a weakness of movement”.