Feeding Tube

Feeding Tubes and How They Can Help

Are you considering a feeding tube for yourself or a loved one and don’t know where to begin?

This post will discuss when you may require a feeding tube, how they work, and where to go for feeding tube placement.

SIGNS YOU MAY NEED A FEEDING TUBE

In many cases with disease or illness our bodies may not be able to take in enough nutrition in order to properly function. 

Difficulty swallowing, issues with your appetite or any complications receiving food and beverage orally may indicate that a feeding tube is right for you.

Medical conditions which make eating a challenge including stroke victims or patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy may also qualify for feeding tube placement. 

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, please contact your doctor today. 

WHAT IS PEG AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

PEG stands for percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy. A PEG is a feeing tube which is placed through the abdominals directly in to the stomach in order to allow proper nutrition in to the stomach.

Feeding tube formulas are based on your recommended caloric intake and combined with the vitamins, medicine and fluids prescribed by medical professionals to address your body’s specific needs. 

PEG tubes may last for months or years however they do need to be monitored by your doctor and sometimes require removal or replacement in order to address an old or blocked tube. 

Complications of feeding tubes can occur and include leaking around the tube, aspiration, bleeding and perforation. Be sure to discuss all of the risks and benefits of feeding tube placement with your doctor. 

WHO WE ARE:

At Maryland Bariatrics our staff of highly trained medical professionals are focused on providing the best care for you and your loved one who may require assistance from a feeding tube.

To learn more about feeding tube placement and how we can help visit Maryland Bariatrics today to discuss your options. Call or email at 301-965-0546 or office@marylandbariatrics.com 

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