“PEG” is an abbreviation “percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy.” In this procedure, a flexible tube is placed into the stomach through the abdominal wall.
Will I still be able to eat and drink after PEG tube placement?
This is an important question to discuss with your doctor. Some people may continue to eat and drink, depending on the reason behind placing the feeding tube. In some cases, there may be restrictions, for example, if you are having difficulty swallowing as the result of a stroke. Both nutrition and fluids can be delivered through the PEG tube.
How long will my PEG tube last?
Although they can last for months or years, PEG tubes may break down and will need replacement in time. The replacement can be quickly done, often without sedation or anesthesia. If a feeding tube is no longer needed, your doctor will remove the tube and allow the opening into the stomach to close.
Is PEG tube placement considered major surgery?
No, this procedure is not major surgery, as it does not involve opening the abdomen. Unless you are admitted to the hospital for other reasons, you will be able to return home the same or the next day.