What is a Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)?

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), a procedure in which a flexible feeding tube is placed through the abdominal wall and into the stomach. PEG allows nutrition, fluids and/or medications to be put directly into the stomach, bypassing the mouth and esophagus.

Who can benefit from a PEG?

Patients who have difficulty swallowing, problems with their appetite or an inability to take adequate nutrition through the mouth can benefit from this procedure.

  • - The procedure is performed by a endoscopist with experience in the PEG procedure.
  • - Procedure done under sedation or day acre anesthesia. You are given a local anesthetic (pain-relieving medication) at the site where the PEG tube is placed.
  • - The endoscopist inserts an endoscope through your mouth and into your stomach.
  • - Through the endoscope, your physician will view the stomach lining to determine the PEG tube insertion site.
  • - A cannula introduced through the skin into stomach. A small incision is made in the abdominal wall at the site of puncture. Then guidewire passed into stomach. PEG tube then placed by the help of guidewire.
  • - The procedure lasts from 30 to 45 minutes.