A PEG is a safe and effective way to provide food, liquids and medications (when appropriate) directly into the stomach. The procedure is done for patients who are having difficulty swallowing.
Your physician has recommended that you have this procedure in order to maintain adequate nutrition.
During the procedure, a physician places an endoscope (a long, thin, flexible instrument about 1/2 inch(1.27 centimeters) into your mouth. The endoscope is then advanced through your esophagus (the “food pipe” leading from your mouth into your stomach) and into your stomach. The endoscope is used to ensure correct positioning of the PEG tube (also called a feeding tube) in your stomach. The PEG tube rests in the stomach and exits through the skin of the abdomen.
The percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube provides nutrition for patients who are having difficulty swallowing. The internal bumper rests in the stomach, and the adapter exits through the skin of the abdomen.
You will meet with a physician, dietitian and home care coordinator. They will review your history, discuss the procedure and answer any questions you might have.
Tell the physician if you have a lung or heart condition, a bleeding tendency or if you are allergic to any medications.
Do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours before the procedure.
You will need to bring a responsible adult to accompany you after the procedure. You should not drive or operate machinery for 24 hours. The medication given during the procedure may cause drowsiness, making it unsafe for you to drive or operate machinery.
You may be asked to stay overnight at a location that is within 30 minutes from where your procedure was performed.
You may need to stay overnight in the hospital after the procedure, so please pack any personal items that you may need.
You will meet with a physician who will explain the procedure in detail, including possible complications and side effects. The physician will also answer any questions you may have.
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