Hi. My GP was diagnosed in 2009 (but I had symptoms as far back as 1993) and has flared up since January 2012. I'm considering getting the gastric neurostimulator (GES) implanted and wondering if anyone has experience they can share. I asked Medtronic if the Enterra system interferes at all with an insulin pump and/or CGMS and they had no specific advice to offer and told me to discuss it with my doctors. My surgeon doesn't appear to think there will be interference but just in case, recommends trying to keep the devices on the opposite side of the body. (Great for site rotation, right?) I have very limited site options right now due to all the weight loss my GP has caused, and am wearing the sensor on my arms only at this point.
My other concern was exercise. I joined a very vigorous fitness class which seems to help with stomach motility as well as increase my appetite so I can eat more food. I met with the surgeon Friday and he says he would allow me to continue the class (with a minimum of 3 months off for healing) as long as I don't get hit or kicked (mixed martial arts class) over the implant and wires. Anyone out there have the GES and do vigorous exercise? Any issues with that?
Finally, just had a new question I didn't think of when I saw the doc. Pecautions have to be taken when around a dentist's drill. Anyone know if you have to be careful around the drills used for tattooing ifyou have a GES? I have been holding off on my next tatt in hopes my stomach feels better and I lie on the table more comfortably, but maybe I can't wait...