Percutaneous endoscopic gastroscopy (PEG)

PEG

A procedure to place a tube through your skin into your stomach to give you the nutrients and fluids you need

About Percutaneous endoscopic gastroscopy (PEG)

PEG is a way of introducing food, fluids and medicines directly into your stomach by passing a thin tube through your skin. The PEG tube bypasses your throat and food pipe (oesophagus) and can therefore be used if you have difficulty swallowing or risk food going 'the wrong way' into your lungs.

Need to know

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    You will not be allowed to eat for six hours before the procedure, but can drink up to two hours before. First the endoscope (a thin black tube with a camera on the end) is passed over the back of your tongue and into your stomach. Your consultant will use this to guide them whilst they insert the PEG tube. You will be sedated whilst having this procedure. Your consultant will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area where the PEG tube is to be placed before making a small cut in your abdominal wall. They will then place the tube into your stomach via the abdominal wall. The procedure usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
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    Your consultant will let you know how best to prepare for your procedure.
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    Initially the tube might feel uncomfortable or cause pain around the site where it was inserted. This generally settles after 24 hours but might persist for up to a week. Painkillers will be administered during this time should you need them. Food can usually be inserted from about four hours after the procedure. Over the next few days you will be shown how to care for your PEG tube by your nurse. You may be discharged three days after the procedure, depending on the rate of your recovery.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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