(PEG) Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy
Feeding tube insertion into the stomach is called PEG. The procedure is performed during endoscopy and takes about 20 minutes. As a general rule, PEG insertion is indicated in patients who cannot be fed for more than 3 weeks. The inserted tube is not used for up to 12 hours. However, nutritional formulas and nutrients can then be easily delivered via tube. The tube should usually be replaced once a year.
Who are eligible for PEG?
Those with oncological disorders• For tumors in ear, nose and throat
• Tumors in upper gastrointestinal system
• For palliative purpose for inoperable patients
Those with neurological disorders• Cerebrovascular stroke
• Intracranial tumors
• Bulbar paralysis
• Parkinson’s disease
• Cerebral palsy
• Patients with end-stage Alzheimer's disease who cannot swallow food
It is a procedure that makes life much easier for both the patient and the caregivers. Patients should not drive since the preoperative effect of sedation will last for 3 to 4 hours. For this reason, patients are strongly recommended to come with someone who will take them back to their homes.