Gastrostomy Tube Care

Our skilled nurses provide essential care for our patients with gastrostomy tubes.

Helping teaches patients and their caregivers proper cleaning techniques and everyday activity care.

Gastrostomy Tube Care

A feeding tube is a medical device that is surgically implanted in the abdomen to assist with nutrition. A feeding tube may be placed for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to: dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), cancer, or failure to thrive. The main purpose of a feeding tube is to provide nutrition and to decrease the risk of aspiration.

Our skilled nursing staff will assist and educate you and your loved ones in:

  • Administering nutrition and fluids for hydration
  • Administering medications
  • Cleaning stoma (site around the tube)
  • Checking placement of tube

Types of Feeding Tubes

  1. Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) Tube is a tube that goes through the skin and directly into the stomach, used to administer tube feeding, water, and medications.
  2. Percutaneous Endoscopic Jejunostomy (PEJ) Tube is inserted in a similar manner as the PEG, but the tube is moved past the stomach into the top of the small intestine.
  3. A nasogastric tube (NG) is a common type of feeding tube for short-term use. It enters through the nose and its tip ends up in the stomach.

Living With a Feeding Tube

Depending on why you need a feeding tube, you may have it for several weeks or months or for the rest of your life. Having a feeding tube means learning new skills and adopting new routines. You’ll need to learn how to use and care for the tube, and how to avoid common problems.

  • A feeding tube is inserted during surgery. After the surgery, you’ll have a 6- to the 12-inch tube coming out of your belly.
  • Foods, liquids, and medicines are given using the tube. The food is a mixture (formula) made up of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Keeping the tube clean is very important.
  • Adjusting to using a feeding tube takes time. The first step is learning all you can about how the tube works and how to avoid problems. Making tube feeding less of a mystery may help you make it a part of your daily life.

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