As of 2015, hospitals that perform stomach pacemaker surgery include the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York; Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida; and Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, according to the hospitals. Abdominal pacemakers treat gastroparesis symptoms that occur when food remains in the stomach longer than normal.
Surgeons insert the pacemaker into the abdomen and attach electrical wires to the stomach, states Nationwide Children's Hospital. After a patient eats, the device generates electrical impulses that stimulate the stomach to begin the digestive process. The symptoms of nausea, bloating and vomiting disappear as the stomach empties properly.
Surgeons can complete the gastric pacemaker surgery in under 60 minutes, and patients can experience relief from symptoms in under a month, notes the Brooklyn Hospital Center.