Motor activity of the gastrointestinal tract drives mixing in the stomach, small intestine and colon that allows digestion, and motility
Motility is key to a number of GI disorders and dysfunctions that the G-Tech system will address as a monitoring device
Digestive Disorders and Diseases
Patients suffering from various GI disorders at home represent a major healthcare burden and a very large market, whether it be in the form of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or an IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). IBD affects motility even when the patient is not experiencing a flare. Aside from the 1.4 million IBD patients in the US, IBS and similar functional GI disorders are commonly accepted as affecting about 15% of the population and total over 40 million office visits a year driven by chronic abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating and nausea. The problem with diagnosing, treating, and monitoring these disorders lies in the lack of a way to measure function, or motility, of the digestive system. Such information would allow physicians to pinpoint a course of treatment more quickly and effectively.
Post surgical patient monitoring and recovery
Post abdominal surgery, patients experience digestive dysfunction that often leads to development of ileus (disruption of the normal motility of the gastrointestinal tract) . Post-operative ileus extends hospital stay, adds thousands of dollars to the cost of care and increases the likelihood of readmission. Physicians currently lack the information required to monitor resumption of a patient’s digestive function post surgery. Having such information would help the staff to objectively determine when a patient is ready to begin feeding (and when not), whether they are progressing normally or developing post-op ileus, and when they are ready to be discharged.