1 Recommendations

1 Recommendations

This document replaces previous guidance on gastroelectrical stimulation (interventional procedure guidance 103).

1.1 Current evidence on the efficacy and safety of gastric electrical stimulation for gastroparesis is adequate to support the use of this procedure with normal arrangements for clinical governance, consent and audit.

1.2 During the consent process, clinicians should inform patients considering gastric electrical stimulation for gastroparesis that some patients do not get any benefit from it. They should also give patients detailed written information about the risk of complications, which can be serious, including the need to remove the device.

1.3 Patient selection and follow-up should be done in specialist gastroenterology units with expertise in gastrointestinal motility disorders, and the procedure should only be performed by surgeons working in these units.

1.4 Further publications providing data about the effects of the procedure on symptoms in the long term and on device durability would be useful.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)