PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy)
Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG tube) is a procedure where a flexible feeding tube is placed through the abdominal wall and into the stomach. PEG allows nutrition, fluids, and/or medications to be put directly into the stomach, bypassing the mouth and esophagus.
The reasons a PEG tube may be necessary include difficulty swallowing and a patient’s inability to intake adequate nutrition. It is important to follow all instructions for care and use of the PEG tube. Specialized liquid nutrition, water, and medications can be delivered through the tube.
The tube can last months, even years, but may breakdown over time. Replacement of the tube is normally easier than the initial procedure. Because the insertion site can close quickly it is very important to contact the doctor if the tube is accidentally dislodged.
If you are a loved one need a PEG tube inserted, contact Dr. Islam and he will walk you through the procedure in more detail.