Anderson Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in the region offering Medtronic Enterra® Therapy, the first and only FDA-approved* gastric electrical stimulation therapy indicated for use in the treatment of chronic nausea and vomiting associated with gastroparesis of diabetic or unknown origin.
Gastroparesis is a disorder in which food moves through the stomach more slowly than normal. The stomach muscles work poorly (or not at all), thus preventing the stomach from emptying properly. Symptoms of gastroparesis include nausea and vomiting, and may include abdominal bloating and pain, lack of appetite and excessive weight loss.
These symptoms prevent a person from eating normally and may lead to dehydration and malnutrition. Although there is no cure for gastroparesis, Enterra Therapy may improve symptoms when conventional drug therapies are not effective.
“Medtronic Enterra Therapy has increasingly emerged as an important part of the treatment landscape for patients with gastroparesis,” said Dr. Dru Denison, General Surgeon at Medical Arts Surgical Group. Gastroparesis is difficult to manage, and given the enormity of the diabetes epidemic, it has become critical to have additional therapeutic options for the symptoms associated with this disorder.”
Medtronic Enterra Therapy involves surgeons implanting a pacemaker-like device (neurostimulator) under the skin, usually in the lower abdominal region, along with two insulated wires (leads), which are implanted in the stomach wall muscle and connect to the neurostimulator. The neurostimulator sends mild electrical pulses through the leads to stimulate the smooth muscles of the lower stomach, which may help control the chronic nausea and vomiting caused by gastroparesis.
John G. Anderson, President and CEO of Anderson Regional Health System, said, “Gastroparesis patients have had to travel to cities like Jackson or Birmingham for similar treatment that is now available close to home. We are grateful to Dr. Denison for bringing this treatment option to Meridian and helping to increase the quality of life for these patients.”
Anderson Regional Health System is the most comprehensive health system in the East Mississippi/ West Alabama area and the established leader in offering premier medical services. With two hospitals, a regional cancer center, and a network of clinics, Anderson’s healthcare professionals are committed to the mission of providing a heritage of healing and improving life for the people they serve.