This is surgery to place a tube through the abdomen and into the stomach. Gastrostomy can be done as:
A gastrostomy tube provides an alternative feeding site. It may be needed to:
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If you are planning to have gastrostomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
Complications are more common in older adults. Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the surgery.
Your doctor will likely do the following:
Leading up to your procedure:
General anesthesia will be used. It will block any pain and keep you asleep through the surgery.
If you are unable to undergo PEG, this will be done as an open procedure. In some cases, gastrostomy may be done at the same time as another stomach surgery. An incision will be made through the skin, abdominal wall, and into the stomach. A tube will then be placed through the skin and into the stomach. This tube will be stitched in place. The incision will be closed.
The doctor will make sure that the tube is placed correctly. You will be moved to the recovery room and monitored closely.
1 hour or longer
You will have pain after the surgery. Ask your doctor about medication to help with the pain.
This procedure is done in a hospital setting. The usual length of stay is several days. Your doctor may choose to keep you longer if complications arise.
After the procedure, you can expect the following:
Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
Contact your doctor if your recovery is not progressing as expected or you develop complications such as:
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
American College of Gastroenterology
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
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Gastrostomy tube (g-tube). Kids Health—Nemours Foundation website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/surgery/g_tube.html. Updated March 2013. Accessed December 18, 2015.
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Last reviewed December 2015 by Marcin Chwistek, MD Last Updated: 12/20/2014