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Gastric Pacemaker Offers Hope for Those With Stomach Disorders

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Gastric Pacemaker Offers Hope for Those With Stomach Disorders. A pacemaker that electrically stimulates the stomach can help control chronic vomiting in people with severe stomach disorders, says a new study. Findings suggest that gastric pacemakers may be effective in patients with other difficult-to-treat gastrointestinal disorders. Robert Preidt. HealthDay (MedLine Plus). 03/31/10. (Also see: Gastroparesis)


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Thanks Janey for the article.


I know of a lady that has Sarcoidis and severe Gastroparesis. She paid $40.000 australian dollars, to get a pacemaker in her stomach. It worked for a very short time, but now for some reason, she is still vomiting. She has been in and out of hospital, every couple of weeks, with the doctors trying to rehydrate her with iv fluids. She was quite obese at the start of this, now she is a bag of bones, poor lady.


I asked my Gastroenterolgist about a pacemaker, for myself, and he said there was a trial done here in Australia, at the same hospital that this lady originally went to for hers. He said it was a disaster, the pacemaker doesn't work.


Sorry, to be so negative about the article, Janey. Maybe some can put a positive light on this article, I am only going on what this lady told me and what my Gastro doctor said.


Take care


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