When patients are having trouble swallowing, an Ogden Clinic gastroenterologist in Utah may recommend a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement procedure to ensure adequate nutrition. During this procedure, the gastroenterologist will insert a tube directly into the stomach that provides the patient with food, liquids, and medications. Also known as enteral tube feeding, this method of feeding benefits patients who have trouble eating and drinking on their own.
Before the procedure, you will meet with your doctor to review your medical history, current medications, and allergies to determine if it safe for you to have a PEG tube placement at Ogden Clinic. People with hemophilia or other issues with bleeding may not be eligible for the procedure.
If your doctor determines the procedure is right for you, you will be asked to fast 8 hours prior to the PEG tube placement. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to stay in the hospital overnight for observation. If you are allowed to leave after the PEG procedure, you will not be able to drive or operate machinery for 24 hours, so it is important for a friend or family member to accompany you.
First, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown and remove any dentures or eyeglasses, if you have them. You are then given a pain reliever and sedative medication through an IV tube, so that you will feel relaxed and drowsy during the procedure. The doctor will then administer a local anesthetic at the site where your PEG tube will be placed. He/she will then insert an endoscope through your mouth and into your stomach. This part of the procedure will not interfere with your breathing and is used to view the lining of the stomach and determine where the PEG tube should be inserted. The doctor will then make a small incision in the abdominal wall for the tube to exit the body. Generally, a PEG tube placement lasts no more than 45 minutes.
If you have a swallowing disorder that interferes with your ability to get proper nutrition, you may be a candidate for a PEG tube placement at Ogden Clinic in Utah. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.