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Meridian Gastric Surgery

Area's Only Minimally Invasive Surgery for Gastroparesis

Anderson’s award winning surgical team excels in gastric procedures such as small intestine surgery, treatment of bowel obstruction, and gastroparesis management.

Gastroparesis Treatment

Anderson Regional Medical Center is the area’s only hospital offering a minimally invasive surgical procedure for the treatment of gastroparesis. This is a serious condition where the stomach muscles work poorly or not at all and results in chronic nausea and vomiting. It has many possible causes and is of particular concern to the increasing U.S. diabetes population, as it is estimated to affect about five percent of people with diabetes.

How the Procedure Worksmedtronic enterra stimulator

In this procedure, a surgeon implants a small medical device, called a neurostimulator, under the skin in the lower abdominal region. Two insulated wires, called leads, are implanted in the stomach wall muscle and then connected to the neurostimulator, which delivers mild electrical pulses through the leads to stimulate the smooth muscles of the lower stomach. After the device is implanted, the doctor uses a handheld, external programmer to non-invasively adjust the neurostimulator and customize the stimulation to each patient’s needs. The neurostimulator can be turned on and off at any time using the physician programmer.

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Gastroparesis

Dr. Dru Denison discusses gastroparesis, a serious condition in which the stomach muscles work poorly or not at all and results in chronic nausea and vomiting. Anderson Regional Medical Center offers the area's only minimally invasive surgical procedure for the treatment of gastroparesis.

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