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how long will 3/4 strenght of gastrostomy feeding lasts?

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Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
General Surgery 39 years experience
Not clear: I assume you are suggesting that using a diluted form of tube feeding rather than full strength? The rationale for tube feeding, either gastrostomy or jejunostomy, is to provide calories, nutrients and fluids. Diluted feeds will give adequate fluids but not enough calories and nutrients. If there is a financial reason, see your social worker for assistance.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

For how long will gastrostomy feeding lasts?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: It depends on why it was placed. These tubes are usually placed for patients who are unable to swallow or eat for some reason. If the person's ability to eat and swallow returns, then the gastrostomy tube can be removed. The gastrostomy tube can also be used permanently for feeding and nutrition if needed.
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How should the bed be positioned for someone receiving a continuous gastrostomy feeding?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Elevate head: several inches to allow stomach emptying by gravity and peristalsis

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