Description of the Procedure
You will be given antibiotics for the procedure.
An endoscope is a long thin tool with a light and camera. It will be inserted through your mouth, down your throat, and into your stomach. The camera will send images to a video monitor. The images will be used to find the right spot to insert the PEG feeding tube.
A needle will be inserted through the abdominal wall and into the stomach at the chosen spot. Using the endoscope, the doctor will locate the end of the needle inside the body. A thin wire will be passed from the outside of the body, through this needle, and into the stomach. This wire will be grasped with a snare in the abdomen and pulled out through the mouth. There will be a thin wire entering the front of the abdomen, going into the stomach, and continuing up and out of the mouth. The PEG feeding tube will then be attached to this wire. The wire will be pulled back out from the abdomen. This will pull the PEG tube down into the body.
A small incision will be made in your abdomen. The tube will be pulled until the tip comes out of the incision in the abdominal wall. A soft, round bumper will be attached to the ends of the PEG tube. It will keep the tube secure. Sterile gauze will be placed around the incision site. The PEG tube will be taped to your abdomen.
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Procedure
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At the Hospital
The hospital staff will monitor your breathing, heart rate, and pulse. Care may include:
- Medications to prevent pain or blood clots
- Elevating your legs while in bed
- Moving around to as soon as possible to promote healing
During your stay, the hospital staff will take steps to reduce your chance of infection such as:
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered and PEG tube protected
There are also steps you can take to reduce your chances of infection such as:
- Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incisions or the PEG tube
A dietitian will teach you how to use your PEG tube. You will also be taught how to choose an appropriate tube-feeding formula.
The hospital staff will teach you how to take proper care of the PEG tube. This includes changing the dressing, cleaning the around the site, and monitoring for infection.
You may be given medications to ease pain or other symptoms. Follow any instructions on exercises to help with your recovery.