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Feeding Tube Placement

What Happens After Getting a Feeding Tube? continued...

A dietitian will teach you how to use and care for the PEG tube and you will be started on enteral tube feeding (feeding directly into the gastrointestinal tract). Your dietitian will help you choose a commercially prepared formula for the tube feeding.

For a couple of days, you may have minor soreness in your abdomen where the PEG tube was inserted. This will feel like a pulled muscle. You will receive medication to help relieve pain the first day after the procedure.

The amount of care needed for the PEG tube varies among patients. Generally, PEG tubes do not need to be replaced for several months, and may even function well for two or three years.

If you're having trouble with your feeding tube, please call your doctor or nurse.

Warning About Feeding Tubes

Call your doctor immediately if:

  • The tube comes out.
  • The tube becomes blocked.
  • You are unable to take food through the tube.
  • You have a lot of drainage around the tube.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by William Blahd, MD on August 20, 2014
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