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  • Oral medications

    Your gastrointestinal (GI) doctor may prescribe oral (by mouth) medications to help control the symptoms of your gastroparesis.

  • Diet modifications

    You may need to eat six, smaller meals a day rather than three larger meals. You may need to eat a few liquid meals each day. You should avoid fatty and high-fiber foods, as these can slow your digestion.

  • Jujunostomy surgery

    In this procedure, your GI surgeon inserts a feeding tube through the skin of your abdomen into your small intestine, allowing nutrients to enter directly into your small intestine instead of your stomach.

  • Gastric neurotransmitter surgery

    In this procedure, your GI surgeon puts a device in your body that may help control any upset stomach and vomiting.

  • Parenteral nutrition

    Also known as intravenous (IV) feeding, this allows nutrients to go directly into your veins, instead of eating and having food first pass through your digestive system.


  • Blood test

    A blood test can check your blood counts and measure your chemical and electrolyte (mineral) levels.

  • Upper gastrointestinal (GI) series

    This checks your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine. You will swallow a metallic fluid called barium to make your organs visible on X-ray.

  • Upper endoscopy or EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy)

    In this test, your GI doctor looks at the lining or inside of your esophagus, stomach, and small intestine using a thin, lighted tube that has a camera on one end (endoscope). We place the tube into your esophagus through your mouth.

  • Radioisotope gastric-emptying scan

    This test measures how quickly food leaves your stomach. You will eat food containing a mildly radioactive substance, or radioisotope, that will show up on a scan. The amount of radiation is very small. It is not harmful, but it lets the radiologist see the food in your stomach during the scan.

  • Gastric manometry

    This test checks the muscle movement in your stomach and small intestine. A thin tube is passed down your throat into your stomach. This procedure helps show how your stomach is working and if your digestion is slower than normal.

  • Scintigraphic gastric accommodation

    This test measures your stomach contents before and after a meal. It also checks how well your stomach relaxes after you eat food.

  • Barium beefsteak meal

    During this test, you eat a meal containing barium, allowing the radiologist to watch the stomach as it digests the meal. The amount of time it takes for the barium meal to be digested and leave the stomach gives the physician an idea of how well the stomach is working and helps to detect emptying problems that may not show up on the liquid barium X-ray.

  • Endoscopy or ultrasound

    Occasionally, we may also perform an endoscopy or ultrasound to rule out other digestive conditions.