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Criteria for Enterra Therapy

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To make an appointment, please call (608) 263-1036. Please bring along (or fax at 608-263-7652) any relevant medical records.

 

Internet Resources

Medtronic, Inc.: Enterra Therapy

Enterra™ Therapy (also known as Gastric Electrical Stimulation, or GES) involves what is more appropriately labeled as a gastric neurostimulator, although it is commonly referred to as a "pacemaker." 

 

Enterra ™ Therapy is not a cure for gastroparesis, but it may help significantly with the symptoms that result from the condition. The effect varies from person to person and results are not guaranteed. 

 

Criteria for Enterra™ Therapy

 

All of the following are necessary for a patient to be considered for Enterra™ Therapy:

  1. Documented symptoms of gastroparesis for over 12 months
  2. More than 7 episodes of vomiting per week or chronic daily nausea
  3. Refractoriness or intolerance to antiemetic and prokinetic medications
  4. Delayed gastric emptying of a solid meal

If any of the following are present, a patient may not be a candidate for GES:

  • Patients with documented organic or intestinal pseudo-obstruction
  • Primary eating or swallowing disorders
  • Rumination syndrome
  • Psychogenic vomiting
  • Systemic sclerosis
  • Thyroid and adrenal problems which are incompletely treated
  • Chemical dependency
  • Diagnosis of cancer
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Positive pregnancy test