People should consider a percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy (PEG) if they:
- Have trouble swallowing
- Have issues with their appetite
- Or are unable to obtain nutrients through the mouth
This is a digestive disorder procedure that allows medications, liquids, or nutrition to be directly entered into the stomach through a flexible tube placed in the abdominal wall. Patients are given intravenous sedative and local anesthesia. This is usually a same-day procedure. Your doctor will specify eating and drinking restrictions and advise you on how best to take care of your PEG tube. Potential complications of this procedure include pain where the incision was made, leakage of stomach contents, and malfunction of the tube.