What is Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (Peg)?
The peg tube is used for those patients who are unable to swallow adequate oral nutrition and are high risk for aspiration pneumonia. This procedure enables the physician, by creating a small opening through the skin of the abdominal wall and into the stomach. This procedure allows the patient to obtain adequate nutrition, fluids and medication directly to the stomach.
What preparation is required?
You should not eat or drink anything for six hours prior to your upper endoscopy. An empty stomach allows for the best and safest examination. You should avoid aspirin products, arthritis medications, iron supplements, anti-coagulants and anti-platelet medications 4-5 days prior to your procedure or as directed.
What can I expect during my upper endoscopy?
Your doctor will use a lighted flexible tube to direct him to make an opening through the skin of the abdomen and directly into the stomach. This opening will allow your doctor to place and secure a feeding tube into the stomach. Patient will normally receive sedation and anesthesia depending on an individual. A dressing will be placed on the Peg Site following the procedure.
What happens after the upper endoscopy?
You will be monitored closely until the effects of the sedation have worn off. Once you recover from the effect of the sedation, you will be released. However, a responsible adult driver needs to take you home. Discharge instructions regarding feeding, cleansing the peg site should be carefully read and followed.