What Is a Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrotomy?

A percutaneous endoscopic gastrotomy is used to insert or exchange a feeding tube, without requiring general anesthesia or having to perform an open-abdomen procedure.

Why Is Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrotomy Recommended?

Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrotomy provides nutritional support for patients who have swallowing difficulties or are otherwise unable to take food orally.

What Can You Expect With a Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrotomy?

You will be mildly sedated and receive a local, topical anesthetic such as lidocaine via throat spray. An endoscope may be used to guide your doctor through the mouth to the stomach, where a small incision is made in order to suture the feeding tube in place.

What Happens Next?

Upon waking in a recovery bay, you won't have any recollection of the procedure and might feel a little 'foggy' from the sedative. It's mandatory that a companion be available to drive you home.

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