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For how long will gastrostomy feeding lasts?

For how long will gastrostomy feeding lasts?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Following surgery how long are gastrostomy dressings necessary?

Following surgery how long are gastrostomy dressings necessary?

See below: If you are describing a dressing around a gastrostomy tube, then the gauze dressing is used to absorb any drainage, and may be used for about two weeks depending on the person's healing. Sometimes the gauze dressing is used longer for skin protection purposes. Check with your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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How effective is a gastrostomy for treating Lou Gehrig's disease?

How effective is a gastrostomy for treating Lou Gehrig's disease?

Not a treatment: Gastrostomy is use to give the patient nutrients when he is unable to eat and keep them from starving to death. Often referred to as Tube Feeding ...Read more

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My daughter has angelman's syndrome, she is due to have a gastrostomy, is this a common procedure?

My daughter has angelman's syndrome, she is due to have a gastrostomy, is this a common procedure?

Yes: Sometimes the gastrostomy tube surgery is done in conjunction with a fundoplication. If she has reflux then most likely they should be done together. Doing a g-tube alone may promote vomiting and inability to feed your child. Check with your doctor to see if she has been evaluated for reflux. ...Read more

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Doctor please advise - my child has to have a gastrostomy?

Doctor please advise - my child has to have a gastrostomy?

Please finish: Your statement: "my child has to have a gastrostomy" does not include a question. What is your question? ...Read more

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What's a hernia nissen fundoplication, gastrostomy?

What's a hernia nissen fundoplication, gastrostomy?

Foregut operation: A hiatal hernia is when the natural opening in the diaphragm enlarges to allow the stomach to migrate into the chest. If a large part of the stomach is involved, it is a para esophageal hernia. Repairing this involves closing the hole to the right size & wrapping the lower esophagus with the top of the stomach (nissen). A tube is placed in the stomach (gastrostomy) rarely in adults. ...Read more

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Why would a baby need a gastrostomy tube?

Why would a  baby need a gastrostomy tube?

To be fed: Some babies may have conditions that do not allow them to eat by mouth or take in enough calories by mouth feeding. Some of these conditions are cerebral palsy, reflux, heart defects, aspiration, vocal cord paralysis, or cleft palate. ...Read more

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Differences between gastrostomy and nasogastric tube.?

Differences between gastrostomy and nasogastric tube.?

Location: The location of the tube tells which one it is. A nasogastric tube is a temporary tube placed through the nose into the stomach. It can be used to remove fluid from the stomach, or used for instilling liquid food. A gastrostomy tube is a surgically placed tube through the abdominal skin into the stomach, usually used for longer term nutritional liquid feeding. ...Read more

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How can I help make my baby comfortable if he has a gastrostomy tube?

How can I help make my baby comfortable if  he has a gastrostomy tube?

Venting: Sometimes babies swallow air that they cannot burp. This distends the stomach and makes them uncomfortable. Venting the tube and draining the air will make them more comfortable. It is like "burping" them through the tube. ...Read more

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How do I know if my baby's gastrostomy tube need to be replaced or removed?

How do I know if my baby's gastrostomy tube need to be replaced or removed?

Depends: If your baby is able to eat by mouth and maintain good growth velocity for 2-3 months without needing or using the feeding tube then it most likely can be discontinued. If the tube is needed and it leakes or clogs then it should be replaced some tubes are only good for 3-4 months at a stretch. ...Read more

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When is a gastrostomy tube for neonates used?

When is a gastrostomy tube for neonates used?

Variety of reasons: In newborns a gastrostomy tube is used to feed them if unable to eat due to cleft palate, vocal cord paralysis, or severe refliux with aspiration. Some infants with severe heart disease may not have the energy to feed themselves and need help until their heart defect is repaired and they are stronger. ...Read more

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How would I feed my baby through his gastrostomy tube?

Several ways: Babies can be fed by bolus through the tube or by continuous drip. Bolus allows the feeding to go slowly into the stomach over 20-30 minutes. This allows the baby to be paced. Drip means slower smaller volumes going into the stomach continuously and usually uses a pump. ...Read more