Feeding Tube Insertion (PEG)
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What is feeding tube insertion (PEG)?
Feeding tube insertion, or percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), is a procedure in which a tube is placed directly into the stomach. The tube allows for nutrition, fluids, and medication to flow directly into the stomach without passing through the mouth or esophagus. This procedure might be especially helpful if a patient has difficulty swallowing, or inability to consume adequate nutrition by mouth. If you or a loved one has additional questions about feeding tube insertion, contact an expert gastroenterologist through GI Alliance.
Who are the candidates for feeding tube insertion (PEG)?
Feeding Tube Insertion or PEG is commonly used for patients who are not able to consume adequate nutrition by mouth, such as patients who may have difficulty swallowing. Some patients only need a feeding tube for a short period of time, while others will use a feeding tube for the rest of their lives. The duration of use of a feeding tube depends on the cause of the condition. The tube itself will need to be replaced regularly to prevent clogging or deterioration. Depending on the reason for the feeding tube insertion, you may or may not be allowed to consume food or liquid orally. If the tube is placed due to difficulty swallowing such as following a stroke, then you will likely have restrictions on your oral intake. Some patients with a feeding tube are still allowed to eat or drink following the procedure. It is important to discuss this with your GI Alliance gastroenterologist.
Is feeding tube insertion (PEG) safe?
Feeding tube insertion (PEG) is a commonly performed procedure, but as with any medical procedure, can present some risks. Some of the risks of feeding tube insertion include pain around the tube insertion site, dislodgement of the feeding tube, and bleeding. Speak with your doctor about any concerns you may have, or risks that may be heightened for you. It is important to discuss all of the risks and benefits of this procedure with your GI Alliance physician prior to the insertion of the feeding tube.
Feeding tube insertion by GI Alliance physicians
Feeding tube insertion can allow for the passage of nutrients into the body when taking food by mouth is difficult. If you or a loved one needs a feeding tube, you can ask questions of an expert gastroenterologist through the physicians at GI Alliance. As the nation's leading physician-led network of GI experts, GI Alliance aims to provide patient-centric care that exceeds expectations. Contact a local expert gastroenterologist through GI Alliance if you have additional questions about feeding tube insertion or any other method for treating patients with GI tract conditions.
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