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.