Feeding Tube Insertion (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy) in Illinois
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What exactly is feeding tube insertion (PEG)?
The insertion of a feeding tube, or percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), is a treatment in which a tube is placed directly into the stomach. The tube provides a way for nutrition, fluids, and medication to pass directly into the stomach removing the need to pass through either the esophagus or mouth. This procedure could be incredibly important to an individual who has difficulty swallowing or a problem with maintaining adequate nutrition orally. If you have additional questions about feeding tube insertion in Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, or Bloomington, IL, it can be helpful to consult with a highly trained gastroenterologist. Please request an appointment at GI Alliance of Illinois to further explore this procedure.
Who is a candidate for feeding tube insertion (PEG)?
Feeding tube insertion or PEG is oftentimes indicated for individuals who are unable to take in sufficient nutrition by mouth, such as those who may have difficulty swallowing. Sometimes a person may only need a feeding tube for a short period of time, while others will use a feeding tube for the rest of their lives. How long someone will need a feeding tube depends on the cause of their condition. The tube will need to be replaced regularly to prevent clogging or deterioration. Dependent upon the reason for the feeding tube insertion, you might or might not be allowed to ingest liquids or foods by mouth. If the tube is placed due to difficulty swallowing as can be the case after a stroke, you will most likely have restrictions on your oral intake. Some individuals with a feeding tube continue to be permitted to eat or drink following the procedure. It is important to talk about any restrictions with your GI Alliance of Illinois gastroenterology provider.
Is feeding tube insertion (PEG) safe?
PEG/feeding tube insertion is a common process, but, as with any medical procedure, can come with some risks. A partial list of the risks that accompany feeding tube insertion could include discomfort around the tube's entry point, dislodgment of the feeding tube, and bleeding. Talk with your specialist about any concerns you might have, or risks that may be of more consequence for you. It is important to discuss all the potential benefits as well as risks of this treatment with your Illinois gastroenterologist before having the feeding tube inserted.
Feeding tube insertion by a GI specialist
Feeding tube insertion allows the access of nutrients into the body anytime that consuming food by mouth is not ideal. If you or a loved one need a feeding tube, you can ask questions of an experienced gastrointestinal provider at GI Alliance of Illinois. As a physician-led team of GI experts, GI Alliance of Illinois works to give patient-focused service that goes beyond what you expect. Get in touch with one of our skilled GI specialists should you have additional questions about feeding tube insertion in Illinois, or any other method for treating individuals with gastrointestinal tract problems.
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