"Severe gastroparesis patients can feel nauseous constantly and vomit numerous times a day," according to Richard McCallum, M.D., Chief of Gastroenterology at the University of Kansas in Kansas City and an investigator in the clinical studies on Enterra Therapy.
"For these kinds of patients, for whom drugs don't help, Enterra Therapy offers a new option for relieving the debilitating symptoms and a chance at a normal life."
Gastroparesis is characterized by abnormal neuromuscular activity of the stomach that slows the movement of food through the digestive system.Approximately 100,000 people in the United States suffer from a severe form of the gastrointenstinal disorder.Standard medication fails to relieve the debilitating symptoms adequately in approximately 30,000 of these patients, who continue to experience chronic nausea and vomiting that can lead to dehydration and malnutrition.Because of their inability to keep food down, these severely affected gastroparesis sufferers often require nutritional support intravenously or through feeding tubes to stay alive.
"During my illness, I was either in the hospital or unable to move from the couch," recalled Pam Hamilton, a gastroparesis patient of Dr. McCallum's
who received Enterra Therapy in 1997.