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Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, also known as PEG, is a feeding tube that is inserted through the abdomen and into the stomach. It allows a patient to receive food, fluids and medication to be administered directly into the patient’s stomach, without going through the esophagus, throat or mouth.

When should a patient receive a PEG?

Dr. Michael Flicker, Dr. Carl Atallah and Dr. Daniel Berger may recommend a PEG procedure when patients cannot receive enough nutrition or take in medication through the mouth. This can either stem from decreased appetite, trouble swallowing or other problems preventing them from ingesting normally.

What happens during a PEG procedure?

Using an endoscope, the tube will be inserted in through a small opening in the abdomen and into the stomach, then anchored in place. Though the patient usually receives a local anesthetic and sedative, most patients can return home the following day after or the same day as their procedure.

What happens after a PEG procedure?

The PEG patient will receive a dressing that can be removed within 24 to 48 hours. This site should be cleaned each day, and no additional dressing is necessary. The feeding tube can last for a few months or for years. However, the tubing can start to deteriorate and will need to be replaced by your physician.

There are a few complications that patients should keep an eye out for. If you experience pain, leakage, dislodgement or other malfunctions at the site of the PEG, let our gastroenterologists know. These and other symptoms may be a sign of infection, general bleeding, the lungs aspirating materials from the stomach or a perforation.

To schedule an appointment for percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, phone our office at 773-598-5588 today!