Feeding Tube Insertion (PEG) in Connecticut
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What is feeding tube insertion (PEG)?
Feeding tube insertion, or percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), is the treatment where a tube is introduced directly into the stomach. This tube allows nutrition, fluids, and medication to flow directly into the stomach without going through the mouth or esophagus. This treatment could be beneficial if a person has difficulty swallowing or cannot consume sufficient nutrition by mouth. If you or a loved one has any questions about PEG in Connecticut, it is best to contact a highly trained GI specialist. Please request a consultation at a Connecticut GI location near you to learn more about this treatment option.
Who is a candidate for feeding tube insertion (PEG)?
PEG or feeding tube insertion is commonly used for individuals who cannot consume enough sustenance orally, such as those who have difficulty swallowing. Sometimes, a person may only need a feeding tube for a short time, while in other cases, the individual will use it for the duration of their life. The length of time a feeding tube is used depends on the condition's primary cause. The tube will require regular replacement to avoid deterioration or clogging. Depending on the cause of the feeding tube placement, a person may or may not be allowed to ingest liquid or food by mouth. If the tube is placed as a result of difficulty swallowing, for example, following a stroke, then you will likely have restrictions placed on your oral intake. Some patients who need a feeding tube are still permitted to eat or drink following the insertion. It is important to discuss this with your Connecticut GI gastroenterology specialist.
Is the feeding tube insertion (PEG) procedure safe?
PEG/feeding tube insertion is a procedure that is regularly performed, but, like with any medical treatment, it can have some risks. Some of the risks that accompany feeding tube insertion may include pain surrounding the tube insertion site, displacement of the feeding tube, and bleeding. Speak with your specialist about any questions or concerns you may have or risks that could be higher for you. It is essential to talk through all of the benefits and risks of this treatment with your Connecticut gastroenterologist before having the feeding tube placed.
Feeding tube insertion by an experienced gastroenterologist
Feeding tube insertion can permit the access of nutrition into the body when consuming food orally is not possible. If you are in need of a feeding tube, we encourage you to ask questions of an experienced gastrointestinal provider at one of our Connecticut GI locations in your community. As a physician-led group of GI specialists, Connecticut GI strives to provide patient-focused care that exceeds the standard of care. Consult with one of our expert gastrointestinal specialists should you have any other questions regarding feeding tube insertion in Connecticut or any other method for treating patients with GI tract problems.
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