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Jewish Hospital GI Motility Clinic

The Jewish Hospital Gastrointestinal (GI) Motility Clinic is a collaborative effort between Jewish Hospital and the University of Louisville. The program brings together gastroenterologists and surgeons, many with national and international reputations who specialize in GI motility disorders.

Motility is a term used to describe the contraction of the muscles in the GI tract, the pathway food takes from the mouth, through the esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The muscles of the GI tract perform specific functions in the digestive process, and each muscle has a unique type of motility and sensation. When motility or sensations are not appropriate for performing their specific function, symptoms occur.  

The Jewish Hospital GI Motility Clinic treats a number of common digestive disorders and symptoms, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Heartburn that doesn't respond to antacids
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain after eating
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weight-loss surgery complications

Medtronic Enterra Therapy System

One of the therapies available at the GI Motility Clinic is the Medtronic Enterra Therapy System, which is used to treat symptoms of gastroparesis, a stomach disorder associated with slow digestion of food that can cause severe and chronic nausea and vomiting. Enterra is a device implant that works by emitting mild electrical pulses to stimulate the top portion of the stomach's wall. It is an option for patients who have tried other treatments but haven't experienced improvement. 

The Enterra gastric stimulation therapy is highly effective - about 80% of patients experience a considerable improvement in their symptoms. The team will first do a temporary implant in an outpatient setting to see if a patient's body will respond to the therapy. If there is symptom improvement, the device will be surgically implanted.  

About the GI Motility Clinic

  • Excellent patient outcomes
  • Performs 10% of the world's gastric stimulators 
  • One of only a few clinics in the country offering both permanent and temporary gastric stimulators 
  • Part of the Trager Transplant Center at Jewish Hospital

Clinic Location and Hours

Frazier Rehab Institute, Third Floor (Trager Transplant Center)
220 Abraham Flexner Way
Louisville, KY 40202

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Contact the GI Motility Clinic

To speak with the digestive experts at the Jewish Hospital GI Motility Clinic, call 502.540.1420.

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