Gastric Stimulation

Similar to cardiac stimulation which provides electric pulses to the heart, gastric stimulation performs electrical stimulation of the stomach.

Gastric stimulation is based on the fact that electric signals applied to a cell in a certain specific time-period called the refractory period, can modify the cell’s biochemistry and in turn, lead to a change in its behavior. This modulation of cellular function can have a therapeutic effect in certain diseases.

Electric stimulation has been in use since the early 1960s for a variety of applications. From stimulation of the spine for the treatment of chronic back pain, to brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and major depression, to bladder stimulation for treatment of incontinence, and up to the most recent technology- gastric stimulation.

Recently performed studies have shown that stimulation of the stomach using the DIAMOND (TANTALUS) system implant can induce satiety and can trigger signaling to the brain, affecting glucose and fatty acid metabolism.