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What's a feeding tube for?

What's a feeding tube for?

Help with feeding: A feeding tube is used to help patient's with food intake. The tube will either be put down the throat, or there are more options for long-term care (e.g., a tube surgically placed in the abdomen, to directly access the stomach). Many situations call for feeding tubes; comatose patients, patients with esophageal or swallowing problems, etc. ...Read more

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What is an NJ feeding tube?

What is an NJ feeding tube?

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Why would someone need a feeding tube?

Why would someone need a feeding tube?

Different Reasons: There are several different reasons. All of which have in common an inability of a person to take in proper amounts of nutrition. These can include being comatose or unable to otherwise feed oneself, as well as esophageal or swallowing problems. In addition, some people with severe dementia eventually have need of a feeding tube. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of feeding tube?

What are the pros and cons of feeding tube?

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. ...Read more

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How is a feeding tube replaced and removed?

How is a feeding tube replaced and removed?

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. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of a feeding tube?

What are the pros and cons of a feeding tube?

Several: Pros: life-sustaining, can be temporary if swallowing ability returns.
Cons: infections, clogging, falling out. ...Read more

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What are the qualifications for a feeding tube?

What are the qualifications for a feeding tube?

Feeding tube: Essentially, anytime someone is unable to take in adequate calories and nutrients for a prolonged period of time and we are somehow able to get access to the digestive tract, such as with a nasogastric tube or a gastrostomy tube. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What are some of the negatives of using a feeding tube?

What are some of the negatives of using a feeding tube?

Infection/bleeding: Can cause serious stomach infections
ulcers, bleeding, peritonitis, diarrhea, reflux, . ...Read more

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Can you ask for a feeding tube even if you don't need it?

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. ...Read more

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Can you give me the pros and cons of a peg feeding tube.?

Can you give me the pros and cons of a peg feeding tube.?

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. ...Read more

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What problems can happen when someone has a feeding tube?

What problems can happen when someone has a feeding tube?

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. ...Read more

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When must a person seek immediate help if dealing with a feeding tube?

Tube comes out.: The most urgent issue that can occur with a feeding tube is if it comes out of the skin altogether. You should go into the nearest medical care facility right away if that happens. Another urgent issue would be if the patient starts to have severe abdominal pain after feeding or if the tube becomes blocked. ...Read more

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How can I tell in feeding tube site is infected?

Few signs...: There are a few signs to be aware of that might indicate infection at a feeding tube site including pain, redness and pus. If any of these signs are present call your doctor asap. ...Read more

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How do I keep a feeding tube in a 3month old baby?

How do I keep a feeding tube in a 3month old baby?

Need info..: Is it an NG, OG or gastric feeding tube? Depending on what type, there are different techniques for taping in place to prevent accidental dislodgement. Can ask nurse to show you or re-submit question with type and I'll see if I can talk you through it. ...Read more

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Is it good to put a feeding tube in a 94 year old?

Is it good to put a feeding tube in a 94 year old?

Aging: There is very little here to explain the context of your question. It is possible to put a feeding tube in an elderly patient, but the bigger question is why would you? ...Read more

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Can a patient choose to have his feeding tube removed?

Can a patient choose to have his feeding tube removed?

Often, yes.: An adult of sound mind with informed consent can indeed ask that his feeding tube be removed. But understand the consequences first. Dr. Tholen. ...Read more

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What're the effects of having a esophagostomy feeding tube?

What're the effects of having a esophagostomy feeding tube?

Not sure...: If you mean a feeding tube that goes in your nose, most people have complaints of pain and discomfort with the tube. You can develop sinusitis with it in long term as well. If you mean a feeding tube going into the stomach, there are no major long term problems. Most patients tolerated it well with little pain or discomfort after healing from placement. ...Read more

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What are the effects of using a esophagostomy feeding tube?

What are the effects of using a esophagostomy feeding tube?

Temporary: Use of an esophagostomy feeding tube is at times indicated in the case of facial and neck and upper airway surgery on a temporary basis. Usually for long term feeding other access points are better tolerated. Tube feeding can provide valuable nutrition and medication route as well as maintaining gut function and flora that may be essential to immune health. Dietician should be involved. ...Read more

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Can dysphagia get bad enough that I might need a feeding tube?

Unfortunately...yes: When people can't swallow enough food safely, the feeding tube are there to help make sure they get enough nutrition. They have models that can be hidden easily if the issue is privacy/embarassment. Check with a GI doctor or general surgeon to see about the options.
More importantly, figure out why the swallowing is so bad by going to an ENT doctor. Some causes are treatable. ...Read more

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How do I clean a peg feeding tube when it's stained with a pink/red colour?

Why?: Don't see any need to do this. As long as the tube is clean it is good. If you are using dye for your tf could consider using a green or blue as this color is not as easily confused with blood. ...Read more

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How would I know if I am caring for my feeding tube and the skin around it the right way?

How would I know if I am caring for my feeding tube and the skin around it the right way?

Skin looks normal: The skin around the g tube is soft not red or inflamed or dry and scaly. There is no discharge present and no pain or bleeding. ...Read more

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What is gastroparesis? And its symptoms? I've heard that some pppl have to go on a feeding tube for it, is it that bad?

What is gastroparesis? And its symptoms? I've heard that some pppl have to go on a feeding tube for it, is it that bad?

PoorStomachEmptying: Gastroparesis is a functional disorder of the stomach which causes the stomach to empty poorly. This leads to painful distention of the stomach and vomiting of undigested food. Initial rx is with medication. If this is unsuccessful, a nerve stimulator can be implanted in the stomach wall. If this fails, a feeding tube is (rarely) used to provide nutrition downstream from the stomach. ...Read more

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How do they do a 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. ...Read more

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How do I keep 3 month old baby from dislodging NG feeding tube?

How do I keep 3 month old baby from dislodging NG feeding tube?

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. ...Read more

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What are feeding tube pros and cons & can a person speak with one?

What are feeding tube pros and cons & can a person speak with one?

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. ...Read more

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How to stop the dumping syndrome after a feeding through my feeding tube?

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. ...Read more