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Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is a procedure to make an opening between the skin of your child's belly and stomach. The doctor will put a thin tube called a gastrostomy tube into your child's stomach through the opening. This tube is sometimes called a G-tube, a PEG tube, or a feeding tube. The tube can put liquid nutrition, fluid, and medicines directly into the stomach. The tube also may be used to drain liquid or air from the stomach.
The doctor will put a thin, lighted tube (scope) into your child's mouth. The scope is used to guide the feeding tube to the stomach. The doctor will pull the end of the tube through an incision in your child's belly. This end of the tube stays outside the body.
Your child will go home the same day as the procedure. Before you take your child home, the doctor or nurse will teach you how to use and care for the feeding tube.
Procedures can be stressful for both your child and you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's procedure.
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Current as of: September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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