Living With a Neurostimulator

Often, a combination of treatments is necessary to control symptoms of gastroparesis. Your gastroenterologist, endocrinologist, or primary care doctor will provide ongoing management of your condition and will prescribe any additional therapies you may need.

After Surgery

You may need to make several visits during the first year after surgery to ensure that your therapy is adjusted to optimal settings.

Daily Living

Based on advice from your doctor and how you are feeling, you may gradually be able to resume your normal, pre-implant activities.

Your neurostimulator has built-in features to protect it from electromagnetic interference that could interfere with or disrupt your stimulation.

Avoid activities that may put undue stress on the implanted components of the system. Activities that include sudden, excessive, or repetitive bending, twisting, bouncing, or stretching can cause component fracture or dislodgment resulting in no stimulation, intermittent stimulation, stimulation at the fracture site, and additional surgery to replace or reposition a component.

You should not feel the stimulation. Call your doctor if symptoms return; they may indicate a problem with your implanted system.

Avoid manipulating or rubbing the neurostimulator system components (the neurostimulator or the leads), which can cause component damage, skin erosion, or stimulation at the implant site.

When approaching security screening devices and theft detectors in airports, stores, libraries, and other public buildings, request to bypass these devices if at all possible. They may interfere with your neurostimulator function or detect its metal case.

Consult with your doctor before undergoing any medical, surgical, or dental procedure. Remember to tell all of your health care providers that you have an implanted medical device and show them your device registration card.

The following medical procedures can damage the device, interfere with device operation or cause harm to you:

  • Patients with an implanted neurostimulator and/or lead CANNOT have diathermy of any kind.
  • Patients with an implanted device should not be exposed to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Please refer to the Patient Manual provided with your Enterra™ neurostimulator, or talk to your doctor for more information.

Getting a Replacement

The Enterra™ neurostimulator is powered by a battery sealed inside a metal case. Over time, the battery will become too weak to power the neurostimulator, and you will need to schedule a replacement surgery with your doctor.

If you have more questions, consult your doctor, who knows your personal medical history and can give you the detailed information you need. Your doctor should provide you with a patient manual that provides important information about living with your Enterra™ neurostimulation system. In particular, you should ask your doctor to discuss the potential benefits, complications, and risks of this therapy.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Safety Information

Safety information concerning EnterraTM therapy

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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