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Doctor insights on: G Tube Insertion

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A j tube or g tube. Are they same thing ?

A j tube or g tube. Are they same thing ?

Different...: One tube empties into the stomach (g-tube). The other tube empties into a portion of the intestine (jejunum). The tubes are generally different sizes with the j-tube usually smaller. The g-tube can allow for bolus feeds, or feeds given only certain times of the day in large volumes. The j-tube can only allow for smaller volume feeds on a more continuous basis (usually overnight). ...Read more

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How much drainage is normal when draining a g tube?

What is a g tube?: Please clarify your question and where the drainage is coming from? What is the medical condition? Did you mean a ng tube? ...Read more

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How often do g-tube be changed (tube is Foley catheter)?

How often do g-tube be changed (tube is Foley catheter)?

Every 3-6 months: If your g tube is functioning properly every 6 months is fine. If you've had problems with clogging, 3 months is better. ...Read more

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Docs, could a baby use a g-tube from birth to adulthood?

Docs, could a baby use a g-tube from birth to adulthood?

Depend: depend on how they did it most surgeon and pediatric surgeon will make a plan to create a permanent tube from the stomach and connect it to the skin this way it will grow with the child and does not have to be changed only the tube could be inserted during the feeding and taking out after depend on how the feeding is done some will do it intermittent and some continuous no feeding at night period ...Read more

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Will my son ever be able to grow out of needing TPN, Intralipids, and G-Tube feeds?

Will my son ever be able to grow out of needing TPN, Intralipids, and G-Tube feeds?

Feeding: TPN and G-tube feeds are ways to provide more nutrition to someone who cannot eat/drink/absorb enough nutrition himself. If he is able to grow (taller, heavier) and is able to absorb nutrients from his intestine, then intravenous nutrition isn't necessary. If he is able to get enough nutrition into his digestive tract through his mouth, then he won't need a g-tube. Best of luck to you both. ...Read more

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How long does it take a g tube site to heal after removal. How long is leaking considered normal?

How long does it take a g tube site to heal after removal. How long is leaking considered normal?

6-8 wks to heal: Probably 3-4 weeks to stop leaking. PEGS will close earlies then those placed @ surgery. Small frequent meals will help ...Read more

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How long does it take a g tube site to heal after removal and how long is leaking considered normal?

How long does it take a g tube site to heal after removal and how long is leaking considered normal?

Depends on how: long it's been in, and what type of tube it is. Typically should heal pretty quickly within a week or two, but sometimes can take longer. A small amount of drainage early on is normal, but if it is persistent or a large amount see your surgeon. ...Read more

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G-tube from childhood to adulthood, does it stay?

G-tube from childhood to adulthood, does it stay?

Depend : depend on how they did it most surgeon and pediatric surgeon will make a plan to create a permanent tube from the stomach and connect it to the skin this way it will grow with the child and does not have to be changed only the tube could be inserted during the feeding and taking out after depend on how the feeding is done some will do it intermittent and some continuous no feeding at night period ...Read more

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What does a nurse do when a g-tube is clogged?

What does a nurse do when a g-tube is clogged?

Irrigate; move: A gastric tube can be clogged by the high-sugar viscous nutrition or medications sent through them. When clogged, a nurse will irrigate them to dissolve or dislodge the blockage, or reposition the tube to get it flowing again. Rarely it needs replacement. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about an infant having a g-tube?

What do I need to know about an infant having a g-tube?

Feeding Method: A gastrostomy tube (g-tube for short) is a small tube, held in place by a balloon that provides an opening to the stomach. It is usually used for liquid nutrition and medications in children who can not eat by mouth or who do not take in adequate nutrition by mouth. The most important thing to know is how to take care of it, keep the area clean, to give the child nutrition, and to replace it. ...Read more

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Is there anyone who can tell me about an infant having an n g-tube?

Is there anyone who can tell me about an infant having an n g-tube?

Complex: Ng tubes are temporary feeding tubes used for patients who cannot feed or swallow correctly. Most infants needing ng tubes are simply too sick or too small to feed properly, so tube feedings are given until the baby is strong enough to feed on its own. If baby has a true swallowing problem, an ng tube may be used until a more permanent tube (g-tube) can be placed. ...Read more

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Is there anyone who can tell me about reasons for an infant having a g-tube?

Is there anyone who can tell me about reasons for an infant having a g-tube?

Varied...: The more common reasons why an infant would have a g-tube would be because of problems with the mechanics of chewing/swallowing or because feeding by mouth would pose a significant threat for aspiration into the lungs; other children may need the extra calories as they are unable keep up with their caloric needs. The reasons are varied, but sometimes a g-tube may only be needed for a short time. ...Read more

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What are signs a g tube site is not healing/closing after removal? What's the best way to clean the site after removal?

What are signs a g tube site is not healing/closing after removal? What's the best way to clean the site after removal?

Clean & moist : Keep the site clean AND moist with a moist gauze pad. Ok to shower. If there is no stomach contents coming bout, it is healing. That would be green liquid. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How to get rid of a g-tube scar?

How to get rid of a g-tube scar?

Can't: Unfortunately there is no way to get rid of a scar. The best we can do is to make it less noticeable. Sometimes all that requires is time, massage, and sun avoidance. Other times it requires more such as laser treatments, steroid injections or scar revisions. If this scar is over a year old or significantly indented than may require revision. Consult board cert. Plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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How long should a g-tube hole take to heal?

Several weeks: It can take several weeks to heal. ...Read more

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How can I make sure an entire pill gets into g-tube?

How can I make sure an entire pill gets into g-tube?

Flushing...: Crushing or dissolving the medication if possible should be done. Pills that can't be crushed generally shouldn't be placed into a g-tube. Flushing the tube with some water afterwards can help make sure that the medication is all in the stomach. ...Read more

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How can I get an entire crushed pill gets into g-tube?

How can I get an entire crushed pill gets into g-tube?

Maybe you shouldn't: Not all pills can safely be crushed without affecting the bioavailability of the medicine within. Assuming the pill in question is crushable, it may clog the peg (g-tube) unless the pill dissolves in its entirety. To accomodate peg's, many drug manufacturers make liquid versions of pill-medicine. Alternatively, your pharmacist may be able to compound the pill into a liquid, or substitution made. ...Read more

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What can be done for discomfort after a g-tube placement?

What can be done for discomfort after a g-tube placement?

See your doctor: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more