What is a Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrotomy?
A percutaneous endoscopic gastrotomy is used to insert or exchange a feeding tube, without requiring general anesthesia or having to perform an open-abdomen procedure.
Why it's recommended:
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrotomy provides nutritional support for patients who have swallowing difficulties or are otherwise unable to take food orally.
What to expect:
You will be mildly sedated and receive a local, topical anesthetic such as lidocaine via throat spray. An endoscope may be used to guide your doctor through the mouth to the stomach, where a small incision is made in order to suture the feeding tube in place.
What happens next:
Upon waking in a recovery bay, you won't have any recollection of the procedure and might feel a little 'foggy' from the sedative. It's mandatory that a companion be available to drive you home.