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Feeding Tube Insertion
Several kinds: Temporary tube through nose is just lubricated and eased in from a nostril down into stomach or first part of intestine. Most common longer-term solution is peg or pej tube placed endoscopically under sedation, similar to egd scope for ulcers, etc. Sometimes a permanent tube has to be placed with open surgery under general anesthesia, typically if complex abdominal or intestinal problems.
Monthly: Monthly or as often as needed.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends.: Feeding tubes are either placed in a percutaneous fashion or an open fashion, depending on multiple factors with the patient. The percutaneous entry route is done without surgery, the open route is a surgical procedure. Either way, most tubes can usually be removed by a hard pull on the tube. It comes out of the skin incision and the tract usually closes up on it's own.
Tape or a dressing: It is best to use tape or a dressing to guide the tube away from the nose and out of the way of the hands. Tucking the tube into the child's clothes may prevent it from being snagged when you are moving the baby. Be sure to learn how to replace the NG tube or consult your doctor if you need help putting it back into place.See 1 more doctor answer
Can be life saving: Usually a feeding tube is placed directly into the stomach for long-term use. This is usually done for people who cannot swallow by mouth for a variety of reasons. With this technique, a person could definitely speak with one in place.
Dietician: You may need to alter the food or feeding used, alter the amount or frequency of the feeding, & may need to add more water. Each person is different & some do not tolerate the milk based formulas. Need to contact your doctor, nurse or dietician for instructions as what to is best to try or change for your specific condition or needs.
Depends on...: The basic answer is if you can get optimal nutrition through the tube. I advise against most enteric formulas as they usually contain GMO-derived corn and soy and dairy from cows given hormones and antibiotics. I advise Liquid Hope, an organic feeding tube formula with vegetables etc. You can also add superfood powders like ORAC Energy Greens and fresh pureed soups. You are still what you eat!
Hi, I wanted to know if there are any other options besides a feeding tube to give sustenance to someone who can't swallow at the moment?
I've been hospitalized a week with pancreatitis. How long can I go npo before a feeding tube is needed? They keep attempting food and I keep puking
Abt 2 weeks w/o nutr: Depending on how healthy u were b4 d onset of pancreatitis (& how much u were eating), u r approaching d point where TPN (total parenteral nutrition, or feeding thru an IV) is attempted. If u r vomiting all foodstuff, u may need a gastric (stomach) tube but not 4 feeding (that will cause u to vomit as well). The gastric tube shd b used to drain the stomach (keep empty) & rest the pancreas. TTYD. GL
Parkinson's: In general, parkinson's-afflicted people tend to deteriorate over time. This mainly is a neurological disease, and dementia, as well as deterioration of motor function can become compromised. That being said, I treat a lot of patients with parkinson's disease, and most of them do not need, or have needed feeding tubes.
No: A dietician can help here.Get a more detailed answer ›
Easier feedings: The primary advantage of a feeding tube, whether nasal (NG) or surgical, is easier feeding. Tubes may also be used to deliver medicines or to check for gastric residuals. Tubes need upkeep and may become blocked or dislodged, so it is important to have a plan for routine and emergency care. All tubes carry the risk of infection: aspiration pnemonia for NG tubes, skin infections for surgical tube.
Not really: Hello, it would not be advisable as even when they are needed, feeding tubes should only be used when better options do not exist. You would open yourself up to the discomfort and risks associated with a foreign body without any need to do so. Definitely not advisable. More important is why you think you would benefit from one as your concerns may be adressed by a better method.
Depends on the pt: Pros: the patient can utilize their gi tract for food/liquids which is always best. Cons: risk of procedure, risk of aspiration. At the end of life, risks often outweigh the benefits. For a young patient undergoing ENT surgery, the risk is minimal compared to the benefit.
Multiple.: The most common problem is leakage from around the tube. When the tube has been in for a long time or if it gets manipulated too much, gastric contents can leak around the tube onto the skin. This is the most common problem I see. Other potential problems include infection of the skin at the exit site and complete dislodgement or accidental removing of the tube. Sometimes an obstruction can occur.
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