It is a soft, plastic feeding tube that goes into your stomach. Liquid, such as formula, fluids, and medicines, can be put through the PEG tube if you cannot eat or drink all the nutrients you need. It can also be used to take air and fluid out of your stomach.
Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement involves the insertion of a feeding tube through the abdominal wall into the stomach during an upper endoscopy. A small incision is made on the left side of the abdomen, and then a small, flexible, hollow tube (catheter) with a balloon or flared tip is inserted through the stomach. PEG tube placement is also known as gastrostomy tube insertion, g-tube insertion, stomach tube insertion and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube insertion.
Gastrostomy tubes may be needed temporarily or permanently. Your physician may be recommended PEG tube placement for:
- Birth defects of the mouth, esophagus or stomach (esophageal atresia or tracheoesophageal fistula).
- Patients who cannot swallow correctly.
- Malnourished patients who cannot take enough food by mouth to maintain their nutrition.
- Patients who continually aspirate when eating.