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Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

What is percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG)?

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is a surgical procedure used to help those unable to take food in via the mouth.  A feeding tube is placed in the abdomen.  A gastrostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening in the stomach through which a feeding tube can be inserted with the help of an endoscope.

What is the purpose of percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy?

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

How is percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy done?

Local anesthesia is given to anesthetize the throat, and 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.