alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5405412012373864098" />A percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube (PEG tube) is generally placed into a patient's stomach as a means of feeding them when they are unable to eat.
It is an endoscopic procedure for placing a tube into the stomach. It involves placing a tube into the stomach through the abdominal wall. It is an alternative to surgical gastrostomy. PEG tubes may also be extended into the small bowel. The procedure does not require a general anesthetic, although mild sedation is typically used.
The procedure is performed in order to place a gastric feeding tube as a long-term means of providing nutrition to patients who cannot productively take food orally. PEG administration of enteral feeds is the most commonly used method of nutritional support for patients in the community. Many stroke patients, for example, are at risk of aspiration pneumonia due to poor control over the swallowing muscles; some will benefit from a PEG performed to maintain nutrition. PEGs may also be inserted to decompress the stomach in cases of gastric volvulus.
this PEG procedure was done to dad No 18, 2009 a month after he was brought to sjdh