GI Procedures FAQs

Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy


What is percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG)?

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is a surgical procedure used to help those who are unable to take food in via the mouth.  A feeding tube is placed in the abdomen.  A gastrostomy is the surgical opening in the stomach where the endoscope is passed to help with placing and securing the tube.

What is the purpose of percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy?

The purpose of a percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy is to help feed those that can’t swallow food. The percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy provides fluids, nutrition and medications directly into the stomach.

How is percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy done?

Local anesthesia is given to anesthetize the throat then an endoscope is passed through the mouth, throat and esophagus into the stomach.

 A small incision is made in the abdomen and a needle is pushed through the skin and into the stomach. The tube for feeding is then pushed through the needle and into the stomach. Lastly, the tube is secured with a bumper against the skin.

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