Receiving an Enterra® System
Getting ready for your Enterra System
If you and your doctor have decided that Enterra Therapy is right for you, this page will give you an idea of what to expect before, during and after your implantation procedure.
Is Enterra Therapy right for you? Answer a few questions to find out.
What to expect before, during, and after your Enterra procedure
Before surgery, your doctor will explain the implantation procedure in detail.
Before your procedure
Before surgery, your doctor will explain the implantation procedure in detail. Be sure to ask questions and share any concerns you or your loved ones may have.
Together, you and your doctor will discuss the best locations for incisions and placement of the Enterra System Neurostimulator and leads based on your medical history, individual anatomy, and personal preferences.
Your doctor will try to place your Enterra System in an area that’s comfortable and cosmetically acceptable to you.
During your procedure
Implanting the Enterra System typically takes from 1 to 2 hours under general anesthesia.
Your doctor will choose one of two surgical techniques to implant the Enterra System, based on personal preference and your medical needs:
- Laparotomy or “open approach,” in which surgery is performed through a small abdominal incision, or
- Laparoscopy, in which special surgical instruments are inserted through small incisions
During surgery, the electrode at the tip of each lead is placed in the wall of your stomach muscles. The neurostimulator is placed in a pocket just beneath your skin, usually below the rib cage and above the belt line in the lower abdominal region. The leads are connected to the neurostimulator, and the pocket is sutured closed.
There are risks related to the surgical procedure (including infection, discomfort, or bruising) as well as the therapy and devices. For more information, review the probable benefits and risks.
After your procedure
After you receive your Enterra System, your doctor will use the external clinician programmer to customize the level of stimulation that’s right for you. Programming is noninvasive and can be done in the hospital or in your doctor’s office. If you have another implanted medical device, your doctor will follow special programming considerations.
Frequently asked questions
Will people be able to see that I have a neurostimulator?
What does the stimulation feel like?
Will gastric electrical stimulation limit my normal activities?
Can a microwave, cordless phone, or cellphone interfere with my neurostimulator?
Will I encounter problems when I pass through security screening devices and theft detectors?
How often should my doctor check the neurostimulator?
How is the neurostimulator replaced?
Whom should I contact in case I have a problem?
When should I contact my doctor?
Is gastric electrical stimulation covered by insurance?
The information provided on this site is for general educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for your individual situation.
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Enterra Therapy for treatment of chronic, resistant to medication nausea and vomiting associated with gastroparesis caused by diabetes or an unknown origin in patients aged 18 to 70 years: patients should always discuss potential risks and benefits of the device with their physician.
Authorized by Federal law for use in the treatment of chronic intractable (drug refractory) nausea and vomiting secondary to gastroparesis of diabetic or idiopathic etiology in patients aged 18 to 70 years. The effectiveness of this device for this use has not been demonstrated. What does this mean?