Ben Terrany, MD
Location and Office HoursShore Gastroenterology Associates
60 NJ Rte 36
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
- Horizon HMO (BC/BS of NJ)
- Jersey Shore University Medical Center
- Monmouth Medical Center
How often should I have a bowel movement?
Lindsey Duncan, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredYou should be having 2-3 healthy bowel movements a day. When you aren't eliminating properly, your body's waste may not be expelled for days, weeks, or even months. Most people go through their daily lives eliminating once a day, once every other day, or even less. If you eat 3 full meals a day and only eliminate once a day, once every other day, or twice a week, what happens to all the un-eliminated waste matter? Where are all the other meals hiding? All of that unexpelled toxic waste is sitting in your body affecting every cell and tissue, which has a negative impact on your health. These toxic poisons rob your body of good health and energy, making you feel old, tired and sick. Ninety percent of the time, these complaints can be alleviated or greatly reduced through internal cleansing.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
How can a neurostimulator help treat gastroparesis?
UCLA Health answered
Gastroparesis is a condition in which the stomach doesn't empty properly. Says UCLA gastroenterologist Mark Ovsiowitz, MD, "For most people, food empties from the stomach within two to four hours after eating. But for those with gastroparesis, the stomach doesn’t empty properly, which may cause severe nausea, vomiting and other problems."
For people who do not respond well to dietary changes or medication therapy, an implanted neurostimulator may be the best option. UCLA surgeon Darryl Hiyama, MD, explains, "While the neurostimulator does not cure gastroparesis, some studies have demonstrated that the device effectively reduces symptoms in approximately 80% of people."
The neurostimulator is about the size of a pocket watch and may be implanted through an incision in the abdomen during a surgical procedure that takes approximately 30 minutes. Much like a heart pacemaker, the device is programmed to send electric currents to the stomach through a tiny generator and two electrodes, which stimulate the muscle contractions necessary to properly move food through the digestive system. Says Dr. Hiyama, "The device is limited to people who suffer from debilitating symptoms of gastroparesis and who really have no other hope for prolonged symptom relief. The results for the appropriate people are promising, and some people say they feel better almost immediately."
What are the symptoms of functional dyspepsia?
Lawrence Friedman, Gastroenterology, answeredThe Rome III criteria (diagnostic criteria for all functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders) state that functional dyspepsia (FD) -- persistent upper abdominal pain or discomfort for which there is no identifiable cause -- must include one or more of the following for the past three months, with symptoms beginning at least six months before diagnosis:
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- bothersome feeling of fullness after eating
- early feeling of fullness
- pain in the upper abdomen
- burning in the upper abdomen, and no evidence of structural disease (including at upper endoscopy) that is likely to explain the symptoms.