Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

A percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, also known as a PEG or gastrostomy tube insertion, is a surgical procedure to insert a feeding tube through the abdomen and into the stomach. A gastrostomy can be either a temporary or long-term treatment, depending on the condition of the patient.

A gastrostomy is most often needed for patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Neurological disorders
  • An inability to eat by mouth
  • Obstructions due to scarring or an ulcer
  • Birth defects

During the gastrostomy procedure, a tube is placed through the abdomen and into the stomach.

Risks and Complications of a PEG Procedure

While this procedure is considered safe for most patients, there are certain risks and complications associated with any surgical procedure. Some of these risks may include the following:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bleeding
  • Irritation
  • Diarrhea

The physician should be notified if any of the above symptoms are experienced. Dislodging the tube, after the tube has been placed, is common during the first two weeks after insertion.

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