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What is Gastroparesis?
Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from your stomach to your small intestine. Gastroparesis is a long-term (chronic) condition where the stomach does not empty in a normal way. Food passes through the stomach slower than usual as a result of a problem with the nerves and muscles that control stomach emptying.
If you are experiencing the exact same symptoms, talk to us. We at the Medical Arts Surgical Group are ready to assist you with the best treatment plan.
Symptoms of Gastroparesis
Typically, strong muscular contractions move food through your digestive tract. But if you have gastroparesis, your stomach's ability to move food is slowed down or doesn't work at all, preventing your stomach from emptying properly. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux disease), upset stomach, stomach pain, bloating, a feeling of fullness, lack of appetite, and or trouble controlling your blood sugar.
Treatment Options for Gastroparesis
Treatment options vary for gastroparesis ranging from nutrition, to medication, to surgery.
Treating gastroparesis begins with identifying and treating the underlying condition. Nutritional relief may be accomplished by changing your diet to small frequent meals consisting of low-fat foods, avoiding fibrous fruits and vegetables and carbonated drinks.
Medications may also be used to stimulate stomach muscles and antibiotics to reduce infections. The surgeons at the Medical Surgical Advance Group offer a surgical treatment option, including robotic surgery for patients who suffer from gastroparesis.
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Indications for Gastroparesis
Gastroparesis, which means partial paralysis of the stomach, is a disease in which your stomach cannot empty itself of food in a normal way. Gastroparesis is a condition that affects the normal spontaneous movement of the muscles (motility) in your stomach. It's not always clear what leads to gastroparesis, but in some cases it can be caused by damage to a nerve that controls the stomach muscles (vagus nerve). Contributing factors causing gastroparesis have been Diabetes Mellitus, which damages nerves that regulate your digestive tract and stomach. Other factors include hypothyroidism, gastroenteritis, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
Surgical Options for Gastroparesis
Several surgical options exist for the management of gastroparesis. If the condition is related to an injury of the vagus nerve, patients may benefit from a procedure called robotic pyloroplasty. This procedure widens and relaxes the valve separating the stomach from the upper part of the small intestine, called the pyloric valve. This permits the stomach to empty more quickly.
One type of surgery for gastroparesis is the robotin implantation of gastric electrical stimulation electrodes, which is a treatment that sends mild electric shocks to stimulate your stomach muscles. Robotic surgical resection options include sleeve gastrectomy and subtotal or total gastrectomy.
The Best Robotic Gastric Surgery Center in Meridian
Our surgeons at the Medical Arts Surgical Group work closely with gastroenterologists to come up with a comprehensive treatment plan for you in order to ensure the best outcomes. We discuss each approach and develop an individualized treatment plan that is specific for you. Your unique needs deserve solutions designed precisely for you.
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