Implantable Microstimulators for Gastrointestinal Tract

This technology constitutes implanting neuromuscular micro-stimulators with an endoscope into the gastrointestinal tract. The micro-stimulators are targeted to areas of dysfunction, and stimulate or inhibit the gastrointestinal tract. The micro-stimulators can be controlled by the patient using a ?remote control?. Additionally, a device has been developed to facilitate the safe placement of the micro-stimulator. Problem Solved/Background The motility of the gastrointestinal tract is based on the neurohormonal interactions resulting in the coordinated movement of the gut. Aberrations of the motor function, including neuromuscular imbalance, result in common gastrointestinal motility disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) disease and gastroparesis. This invention provides a novel technique for implantation in the gastrointestinal tract using an endoscopic technique and treatment for GERD and other motility disorders. Description (Set) Proposed Use (Set) This device can be used to treat GERD by placing a micro-stimulator in the lower esophageal sphincter to normalize relaxation. Additionally, this invention produces therapeutic treatment for a variety of other motility disorders including, but not limited to gastroesophageal reflux, gastroparesis, achalasia, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome.

Inventor(s): Kalloo, Anthony N.

Type of Offer: Licensing

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