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When do you need a feeding tube?

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If you have trouble swallowing or can't eat or drink enough through your mouth, you may need a feeding tube. You may get one through your nose or mouth for a few days or weeks while you recover.

But if you have long-term or serious reasons you’re unable to eat, you may have a fairly simple surgery called a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG).

From: What Happens When You Get a Feeding Tube? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/15/2019

SOURCES:

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: “Understanding Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG).”

ALS Association: “Information About Feeding Tubes.”

California State University Northridge: “Tube Feeding Administration.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

SOURCES:

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: “Understanding Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG).”

ALS Association: “Information About Feeding Tubes.”

California State University Northridge: “Tube Feeding Administration.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

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