Feeding Tube Insertion (PEG) in Louisiana

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Feeding tube insertion, also known as percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), is a procedure in which a tube is placed directly into one's stomach. The tube provides a way for nutrition, fluids, and medication to enter directly into the stomach removing the need for passage through the esophagus or mouth. This treatment might be incredibly relevant if a patient has trouble with swallowing, or the inability to consume sufficient nutrition by mouth. If you have subsequent inquiries in regard to feeding tube insertion in Louisiana, it can be helpful to contact a highly trained gastroenterologist. Please request an appointment at GastroGroup & Endocenter to learn more about this option for care.

PEG or feeding tube insertion is regularly used for individuals who are not able to consume a substantial enough amount of nutrition orally, such as in the case of individuals who may have difficulty swallowing. In some instances a patient might only necessitate the use of a feeding tube for a short period of time, though in some cases the patient will need a feeding tube for the rest of their lives. The length of dependence on a feeding tube is dependent upon the precipitating factor for the condition. The tube will need to be replaced regularly to prevent clogging or deterioration. Dependent upon the reason necessitating the feeding tube insertion, an individual might or might not be released to intake food or liquids orally. If the tube is indicated because of a difficult time swallowing as can be the case in the aftermath of a stroke, then you will likely receive restrictions on your oral consumption. Some patients receiving a feeding tube are still permitted to eat or drink after the insertion. It is imperative to discuss this with the cooperation of your GastroGroup & Endocenter GI specialist.

Feeding tube insertion (PEG) is a regularly performed procedure, but, as with any medical treatment, might have a few risks. A portion of the risks that accompany feeding tube insertion could include discomfort near the tube's entry point, displacement of the feeding tube, and bleeding. Speak with your doctor regarding any questions or concerns you may have, or any risks that may be heightened for you. It is important to talk through all of the benefits as well as risks of this treatment with your Louisiana gastroenterology provider prior to the placement of the feeding tube.

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Feeding tube insertion may allow for the passage of nutrients into the body in the event that taking food or drinking by mouth is not ideal. If you or a loved one require a feeding tube, you can ask questions of an expert GI doctor through the physicians at GastroGroup & Endocenter. As a physician-led team of GI specialists, GastroGroup & Endocenter strives to provide patient-focused service that exceeds the standard of care. Contact one of our expert gastroenterologists should you find yourself with additional questions about feeding tube insertion in Louisiana or any other method for caring for people with GI tract conditions.

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