Gastric Electrical Stimulation (GES)
What is it?
It looks and works similarly to a cardiac pacemaker. Two wires are attached to the wall of the stomach and the battery component is placed under the skin. It delivers a small electric charge at timed intervals.
How effective is it?
The device does not cure gastroparesis as such, but it can help reduce some of the associated symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. However, it does not always work for everyone, the studies show that there is a 50/50 chance that it may not improve things at all. The placement of the device is a surgical procedure and getting approval for funding in the UK can be incredibly difficult.
What does NICE say?
We get so many people telling us that NHS funding has been refused for the device that we thought we would check out what the governing body (NICE) have to say! Follow the link to read the 2014 guidelines to avoid confusion!