Gastroparesis in Louisiana

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Gastroparesis is a GI condition that impacts the normal movement of the muscles within your stomach. It takes strong muscular contractions to push food through the digestive tract, and when you have gastroparesis, this spontaneous muscle movement (motility) is slowed down, or it doesn’t work at all.

The specific cause for this issue is unknown, but there are a number of associated risks for its development. These risks include a viral infection, diabetes, previous gastrointestinal surgery, an under active thyroid, and certain medications (such as narcotic pain relievers). If you live with gastroparesis, you are likely at risk of developing complications like malnutrition, blood sugar changes, dehydration, and the development of a hardened mass of food in the stomach (called a bezoar). When ignored, all of these have the potential to be life-threatening.

If you or someone you know needs treatment, request a consultation with our providers at one of our Louisiana GastroGroup & Endocenter locations. We are happy to help evaluate your symptoms so we can help you find relief.

When you have gastroparesis it may present in the following way:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Queasiness
  • Decline in appetite
  • Acid reflux
  • Bloating
  • Vomiting (including vomiting undigested food hours after your last meal)
  • Feeling full after eating very little

When proper care isn’t administered, this condition might lead to malnutrition, dehydration, or both. It’s important that you speak with a qualified GI physician in one of our Louisiana locations who will map out a plan of care for your GI needs. Request an appointment with our team at GastroGroup & Endocenter for more information on how we treat gastroparesis.

The treatment administered is dependent on what is causing the disorder, how serious the symptoms are, and how you respond to the treatments that are offered. Some treatment options include:

  • Installing a feeding tube
  • Stimulating the stomach with electrical pulses
  • Medication to alleviate vomiting
  • Changes to your diet and lifestyle
  • Intravenous (IV) nutrition
  • Medication to help stimulate contractions in your stomach

The main goal of gastroparesis care is to relieve symptoms and enhance your quality of life.

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Whether you believe you have gastroparesis, or you’ve been formally diagnosed, help is available to assist you with managing your symptoms. Our team at GastroGroup & Endocenter will develop a treatment plan that’s personalized to meet your needs. To request an appointment, reach out to one of our Louisiana locations today.

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