Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Symptoms Evaluation Treatment feeding tube nerve stimulator questions for doctor specialist Home Care liquid diet taking control warning signs Complications Underlying Cause Anatomy

Slow Stomach Emptying Treatment

Treatment for gastroparesis depends on the underlying cause and may include weight reduction, vitamin supplements, and small, frequent meals. Other measures include a low fat diet, low fiber diet, medications for nausea, and medications to encourage stomach emptying.

Treatment for gastroparesis may include:

Slow Stomach Emptying Feeding Tube

A feeding tube may be used when gastroparesis prevents necessary nutrients and medications from reaching the bloodstream. During a jejunostomy, a feeding tube is inserted through the skin into the small intestine.

Slow Stomach Emptying Nerve Stimulator

A gastric neurostimulator, similar to a pacemaker, has been developed to assist people with gastroparesis. The pacemaker is a battery-operated, electronic device that is surgically implanted. It emits mild electrical pulses that stimulate stomach contractions.

Slow Stomach Emptying Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of gastroparesis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Slow Stomach Emptying Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat gastroparesis:

Continue to Slow Stomach Emptying Home Care

Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Slow Stomach Emptying References
  1. Hasler WL. Nausea, gastroparesis, and aerophagia. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2005 May-Jun;39(4 Suppl 3):S223-9. [15798489]
  2. Jones MP, Maganti K. A systematic review of surgical therapy for gastroparesis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2003 Oct;98(10):2122-9. [14572555]
  3. Parkman HP, Hasler WL, Fisher RS; American Gastroenterological Association. American Gastroenterological Association technical review on the diagnosis and treatment of gastroparesis. Gastroenterology. 2004 Nov;127(5):1592-622. [1552102]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.