Gastrostomy tube: Feeding Tube Insertion

Gastrostomy tube: Feeding Tube Insertion

Gastrostomy tube: Feeding Tube Insertion

What is a feeding tube?

A feeding tube is an object that is inserted into your stomach through the abdomen. It is used to supply nutrition when you have trouble eating. Feeding tube insertion is also called
1) percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
2) esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
3) G-tube insertion.

This treatment is reserved when you have trouble eating, such as for the following reasons:
  • There is an abnormality of your mouth or esophagus, which is the tube that connects your throat to your stomach.
  • You have difficulty swallowing or keeping food.
  • You are not getting enough nutrition or fluids from the mouth.

Situations that may cause you to trouble eating include:
  • the strokes
  • Burns
  • cerebral palsy
  • motor neuron disease
  • Madness

If you need to get some medicines, treatment can also be done.

Do I need to prepare for the process?

This procedure is done in a hospital or clinic.

Before you begin, tell your doctor about medications you are taking, including blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin (buffering), or clopidogrel (Plavix). You have to stop taking blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications a week or so before the procedure.

Your doctor will also need to know if you are pregnant or have certain conditions, such as:
  • Diabetes
  • Allergies
  • heart conditions
  • Lung condition

If you have diabetes, your oral medications or insulin may have to be adjusted on the day of the procedure.

Your doctor performs a gastrostomy using an endoscope, which is a flexible tube with a camera attached to it. You may be given anesthesia to make you more comfortable. This can make you sluggish to follow the process. Before the process, arrange for someone to drive you home.

For this process, you have to fast. Usually, doctors ask that you refrain from eating for eight hours before the procedure. Most people can return home the same day after the procedure or the next day.

How is the endoscope inserted?

First, you need to remove jewelry or dentures from your body. You are then given an anesthetic and some for pain relief.

When you lie on your back, your doctor inserts the endoscope into your mouth and lowers your esophagus. The camera helps to ensure that the feeding tube is positioned properly.

When your doctor can see your abdomen, they make a small incision in your abdomen. After that doctor insert the feeding tube through the opening. They then secure the tube and apply a sterile dressing around the site. There may be slight drainage of bodily fluids such as blood or pus from the wound.

The entire process usually lasts less than an hour.

Depending on the primary cause of the feeding tube, the feeding tube may be temporary or permanent.


Make a plan to relax after the procedure. Your stomach should recover in about five to seven days.

After inserting the tube, you can meet a dietitian, who will show you how to use the tube for feeding. Your dietitian will also educate you on how to take care of the tube.

Drainage around the tube is normal for a day or two, and a nurse will probably change your dressing regularly. It is normal to feel pain for a few days around the place where the incision was made. Be sure to keep the area dry and clean to avoid skin irritation or infection.

Risk factor

There are some risks associated with the procedure. Risks include trouble breathing and nausea from medication. Whenever you have surgery, there is an excessive bleeding and infection risk, even with a minor procedure like a feeding tube insertion.

When to call the doctor

Before you leave the hospital or clinic, make sure you know how to take care of your feeding tube and when you need to contact a doctor. You should call your doctor if:

  • Tube comes out
  • If you have trouble with the formula or if the tube gets blocked
  • Notice bleeding around your tube insertion site
  • You have blood around the site after several days
  • You have signs and symptoms of an infection, including redness, swelling, or fever.

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  1. Such a great content , thankyou so much admin for this. One of my friend pradeep also suffer from such a problem but now he is fine after the treatment.