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Alternative Names Return to topGastrostomy tube insertion; G-tube insertion; PEG tube insertion; Stomach tube insertion; Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube insertion
Definition Return to top
A gastrostomy feeding tube insertion is the placement of a feeding tube through the skin and the stomach wall, directly into the stomach.
Description Return to top
Gastrostomy feeding tube insertion is often done through the mouth, by a procedure called endoscopy. Before the tube is inserted, numbing medicine is applied on the area, and the patient is given sleep medicines through a vein.
This procedure can also be done surgically while the patient is under general anesthesia (asleep and pain-free) A small, flexible, hollow tube with a balloon or special tip is inserted into the stomach through a small cut on the left side of the belly area. The surgeon uses stitches to close the stomach around the tube as well as the cut.
Why the Procedure is Performed Return to top
Gastrostomy feeding tubes are put in for different reasons. They may be needed for a short while or permanently. This procedure may be recommended for:
Risks Return to top
Risks for any anesthesia are:
After the Procedure Return to top
This is most often a simple surgery with a good outlook.
Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top
The stomach and abdomen will heal in 5 to 7 days. Moderate pain can be treated with medications. Feedings will start slowly with clear liquids, and increase slowly.
The patient/family will be taught: