Feeding Tube Insertion (PEG) in Florida

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Feeding tube insertion, also called percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy (PEG), is a treatment through which a tube is positioned to flow directly to a patient's stomach. The tube creates a path for fluids, nutrition, and medication to flow directly into one's stomach, removing the need for passage through either the mouth or esophagus. This treatment could be especially helpful if an individual has difficulty with swallowing or another obstacle that makes it hard to get enough nutrition by mouth. If you have any questions or concerns relating to feeding tube insertion in Florida, it can be helpful to contact an expert GI provider. Please request an appointment at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida to find out more about this process.

Feeding tube insertion, or PEG, is normally advised for people who are unable to ingest a healthy level of nutrition orally (for example, individuals who have difficulty swallowing). In some cases, a patient might only require a feeding tube for a short time, while others may require one for the remainder of their lives. The duration of use of a feeding tube depends on the cause of the condition. The tube itself will require regular replacement to prevent deterioration or clogging. An individual may or may not be cleared to consume food or liquids orally at all, depending on the reason why the feeding tube was placed. In the event that the tube is advised as a result of difficulty swallowing (as can be the case in the aftermath of a stroke), then you will likely receive restrictions on your oral consumption. A portion of individuals receiving a feeding tube continue to be allowed to drink or eat following the procedure. It is vital to determine this with the guidance of your Gastroenterology Associates of Florida GI physician.

PEG is a fairly standard procedure but, like with any medical treatment, it may present a few risks. Some of the risks of feeding tube insertion might include pain surrounding the tube's entry point, dislodgment of the feeding tube, and bleeding. Talk with your gastroenterologist in regard to any concerns you may have or any risks that may be heightened for you. It is imperative to have a conversation about all of the risks and benefits of this treatment with your Florida gastroenterology provider in advance of the placement of the feeding tube.

The insertion of a feeding tube can be a solution to help bring nutrients into the body when taking nourishment by mouth is not a viable option. If you or a loved one are in need of a feeding tube, you can trust the specialists at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida. Serving Palm Beach County and the surrounding area for more than 30 years, Gastroenterology Associates of Florida strives to give patient-centered care that goes beyond what you expect. Contact one of our experienced gastroenterologists should you have any other questions about feeding tube insertion in Florida or any other method for treating people with GI tract problems.

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