Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes, commonly known as PEG tubes are unique devices generally used for the delivery of nutrition into a patient who is unable to intake orally.
PEG tubes are placed through the abdominal wall and then into the stomach for nutrient delivery. Additionally, PEG tubes can also be inserted directly into the small intestine. In this case, the PEG tube will bypass the stomach all together and then enter into the jejunum, the middle section of the small intestine.
PEG Tubes are used on patients who are unable to consume nutrition orally. There are many reasons why this would happen including muscle weakness as a result of a stroke or a cleft palate birth defect in a child. PEG tubes can also be placed to treat malignant bowel obstruction, by decompressing the stomach and volvulus of the stomach, where the stomach twists. In addition, PEG tubes are also useful for gastric or post-surgical drainage needs.
PEG tubes have many uses, but the most important of all is the ability to deliver enteral feedings to patients. This source of nutrition can be temporary or permanent depending on the patient’s condition. A PEG tube implantation is a quick, easy process and rarely requires a general anesthetic.
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