A percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) procedure involves placing a feeding tube directly into the stomach through the abdominal skin. This tube feeds directly into the GI tract, bypassing the mouth and esopthagus, which is helpful for people who are having ongoing and serious trouble swallowing or who can't get enough food or liquids by mouth.
- Plan to have someone you know drive you home. Since the procedure is usually performed with intravenous sedation, you will be instructed to not drive a car or return to work until the next day.
- Contact the physician and inform him or her of any special needs, medical conditions, latex allergy or current medications you are taking.
You may have diet and/or medication restrictions the week prior to the exam. Please refer to your physician for detailed instructions.
- No food or liquids (this includes water) minimally 6 hours prior to the procedure.
- After the procedure, the following information will be reviewed with you:
- How to care for the skin around the tube.
- Signs and symptoms of infection.
- What to do if the tube is pulled out.
- Signs and symptoms of tube blockage.
- How to empty (decompress) the stomach through the tube.
- How and what to feed through the gastrostomy tube.
- How to conceal the tube under clothing.
- What normal activities can be continued.
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