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Your Guide to Gastroparesis


Updated September 18, 2008

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Treatment of Gastroparesis with Diet

Changing your eating habits can help control gastroparesis. Your doctor or dietitian will give you specific instructions, which may include meal size and frequency.

The doctor may also recommend that you avoid high-fat and high-fiber foods. Fat naturally slows digestion--a problem you do not need if you have gastroparesis--and fiber is difficult to digest.

Some high-fiber foods like oranges and broccoli contain material that cannot be digested. Avoid these foods because the indigestible part will remain in the stomach too long and possibly form bezoars.

Feeding Tube for Gastroparesis Sufferers If other approaches do not work, you may need surgery to insert a feeding tube.

Parenteral Nutrition for Gastroparesis Parenteral nutrition refers to delivering nutrients directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. The doctor places a thin tube called a catheter in a chest vein, leaving an opening to it outside the skin. For feeding, you attach a bag containing liquid nutrients or medication to the catheter. The fluid enters your bloodstream through the vein. Your doctor will tell you what type of liquid nutrition to use.

For more information on treatment with diet, please read this article.

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