PEG Tube Placement
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy or PEG is a procedure placing a feeding tube through the abdominal wall directly into the stomach. Once placed, the PEG tube allows for nourishment, hydration, and medication while bypassing the mouth and esophagus.
A PEG tube is ordered for patients who have difficult swallowing, suffer from a lack of appetite or unable to get adequate nutrition from eating alone. Your doctor will discuss your nutrition needs and how a PEG tube will benefit you. After placement a specialized liquid nutrition is delivered through the tube. Some patients can eat and drink after the procedure but it is very important to discuss this with your doctor.
Using a lighted endoscope, your Concorde Gastro doctor will guide a tube placed through the skin and secure it in the stomach. The procedure is generally done under a sedative and a local anesthetic and is well tolerated by most patients. Patients go home the same day and recuperate at home. A simple dressing will cover the site for a day or two; a daily cleansing and keeping the site clean and dry is the only regular maintenance required.
Once home, complications can occur. Make sure you understand the symptoms of the complications before going home. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor or nurse to explain anything you do not understand. They include:
- pain at the site
- leakage of stomach contents from around the tube
- movement of the tube or the tube becoming dislodged – the site will heal rapidly if the tube is removed so seek attention immediately if the tube comes out at home.
- aspiration of stomach contents into the lungs
- perforation of the small bowel wall
PEG tubes can last for months or even years. It can become clogged or need replacement over time. Your Concorde Gastro doctor will discuss the replacement procedure, it can often be done without repeating the anesthesia.
It is in our very character to put you, the patient, first. If you like in the New York City metropolitan area and require a gastroenterologist you should visit Concorde Gastro. We offer four convenient locations from which to choose. Our doctors are among the best in their field and you can be confident in the care you receive.