PEG feeding

What is PEG feeding?

PEG feeding gives food, fluids and medicines directly into your stomach by way of a thin tube that runs through your skin and into your stomach.

PEG stands for percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy:

  • Percutaneous - means through your skin
  • Endoscopic - a long, thin and flexible tube (endoscope) is used to position the PEG feeding tube in your stomach.
  • Gastrostomy – is the making of an opening in your stomach.

PEG feeding is when a flexible endoscope is used to guide the placement of a feeding tube through a small opening in your upper abdomen skin to your stomach. This procedure may be performed using a sedative and /or local anaesthetic.

The PEG feeding tube has a small plastic disc inside your stomach and on top of your skin where the tube is inserted to prevent the tube from coming out or the whole tube from ending up in your stomach.

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