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.
Depending on your condition, you may need to get nutrition through an IV for the first day or two after the tube placement or until your intestine is working normally. You will then be started on clear liquids. You will gradually move to thicker liquids.
Keep the tube insertion site clean and dry.
Wash your hands before touching the area.
Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
If antibiotics are ordered, take all of the medication. Do not stop, even if you feel healthy.
Learn how to administer tube feedings. Also, learn how to flush out your tube. This will decrease the risk of blockages.
Learn what to do if you have a serious complication such as a dislodged tube or aspiration.
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