Feeding Tube Insertion (PEG) in in Thibodaux, LA

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The insertion of a feeding tube, or percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), is a procedure in which a tube is placed directly into the stomach. The tube allows nutrition, fluids, and medication to pass directly into the stomach with no need to go through the esophagus or mouth. This treatment could be particularly helpful if you are having difficulty swallowing or are unable to consume enough nutrients by mouth. If you have any questions related to not getting enough nutrients or obtaining feeding tube insertion in Thibodaux, LA, it is important to reach out to an expert gastroenterologist. Please request a consultation at your nearest Digestive Health Center to find out more.

Feeding tubes are commonly used if you are not able to consume enough nutrition by mouth, for example, if you have difficulty swallowing. Sometimes a feeding tube may only be needed for short time, while in other cases it may need to be used for the rest of your life. This depends on the cause of the condition. The tube itself will require replacement regularly to avoid clogging or deterioration. Depending on why the feeding tube was inserted, you may be allowed to consume food or liquid orally. If it's inserted because of difficulties swallowing after a stroke or something else, you will most likely receive restrictions on your oral intake. Many individuals receiving a feeding tube are able to eat or drink following the procedure. It is important to discuss your specific restrictions with your Digestive Health Center provider.

Feeding tube insertion is a commonly performed procedure, but, as is the case with any medical treatment, it could present some risks. Some risks include:

  • Pain near the tube's entry point
  • Displacement of the feeding tube
  • Bleeding

We are here for you! If you have any concerns about the associated risks, please reach out to your Thibodaux, LA provider or someone else on our gastroenterology team. It is important to talk through all the potential risks and benefits of this procedure in advance of the placement of the feeding tube.

Feeding tube insertion can make it possible for the body to receive sustenance in the event that consuming food or drinking by mouth is not possible or is not ideal. If you or a loved one are in need of a feeding tube, you can ask questions of an expert gastrointestinal physician by way of the providers at Digestive Health Center. As a physician-led team of GI specialists, Digestive Health Center endeavors to give patient-focused service that goes beyond expectations. Reach out to your nearest location to get more information about feeding tube insertion in Thibodaux, LA.

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