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Gastroscomy Tube Placement

This procedure is also known as Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tube Placement or PEG. A flexible tube with a camera less than 10mm in diameter, the approximate size of a tylenol, is put into the stomach by a trained physician . A feeding tube is also placed for the purpose of feeding the patient. Patients are sedated for this procedure to relax the patient and decrease anxiety and fear. The patient is watched closely during the procedure including routine checks of the blood pressure, heart rhythm, heart rate and respirations. A small dressing is placed over the incision site of the G-tube. The tube may or may not be connected to a drainage bag for 24 hours. The physician may consult a Nutritional Specialist or Home Care Nurse to assist in the care and use of the tube. This procedure can take up to 30 minutes to perform.

Usually the patient must be without food or drink at least 6 hours prior to the test. Most often, the physician holds food and drink after midnight the night prior. Hospital stay is approximately 2 hours form the time the patient arrives in the Endoscopy Center waiting room until completion of the procedure.