Gastric Bypass or Gastric Pacing for Gastroparesis?

By EmmieGsMom Latest Reply 2015-07-18 09:53:50 -0500
Started 2012-07-18 05:10:14 -0500

My name is Stacy and I am 40 years old and I have been suffering from gastroparesis for about 6 years now. I am in and out of the hospital constantly and can't go on like this anymore. I live in NY and had to travel to CT for a specialist in this matter at Hartford Hospital. He is suggesting I do either a gastric pacer or have gastric bypass done (I am currently overweight and my insurance will cover this). I would love to hear from others who suffer from gastroparesis and have undergone either of this surgeries. I want to know the pros and cons of these. I know a few people who have had gastric bypass for being overweight but not specifically for their gastroparesis so I would really love to find anyone who has.

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#1YaYa 2015-04-10 11:14:36 -0500 Report

Hello everyone! I joined this group just to write this post. I suffered horribly with gastroparesis for many years. My last episode landed me jn the hospital and resulted jn a 40 lb weight loss in just 2 weeks. Medication did nothing to help and my dr was not optimistic about the results being seen with use of the pacemaker. I was out of options and miserable. i searched around and found a post about Dr.Duperier in San Antonio TX. If you can get to his office by plane, train, boat or car…GO!!!! He is the only dr I found who uses this treatmen, and it works!!!! It not only stops the gastroparesi, it can cure type 2. I stopped my meds the day of surgery and havent looked back:-) I cannot praise him enough. I strongly STRONGLY suggest that if you have gastroparesi, call him. It is covered by most insuranc. I had my 1st visit in March 2014 and my surgery in June 2014. They are very efficien, and work hard to minimize the amount of trips you have to make, especially from out of town. (I'm 5 hrs away from his office) i hope this post helps many:-)

jayabee52 2012-07-18 07:28:32 -0500 Report

Howdy EmmieG'smom!
I have had intermittent gastroparesis. So far no treatment has been suggested to me beyond putting me on onepresol (sp?). They want to do a a colonoscopy and an endoscopy to check what is going on in there.

I have not heard of using gastric bypass surgery to as a "fix" for gastroparesis. but whenever one alters one's digestive tract, one generally cannot undo the operation, so therefore I myself would not undergo one.

The gastric pacer could be undone ( I believe) so would be reversible if one desired.

Praying for your improving health


red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-18 20:23:14 -0500 Report

Have had both of those test done, no big deal, slept through both and they are done quickly and then you go home. I had pictures from both test sent home with me.

I suffer from gastroparesis and Gerd and was told if the medications nolonger work, they can do surgery. I am not in need of having it done due to my weight though.