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My Mom Has Copd Is 72 Yrs Old And Weighs 65 Lbs Is A Stomach Feeding Tube Safe
Safer than starving: Within reason, people with COPD who weigh more live longer. No procedure or treatment is completely risk free but in many cases the risk of the procedure is less than the risk of not having the procedure. This should be discussed with the doctor recommending and/or performing the procedure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more
My mom has COPD.She got a trach,been on ventilator for 28 days,and they won't take the feeding tube out to let her eat,but she can swallow fine.Why???
Complex: For the best answer, ask your mother's physicians because they know the specifics of her case. Generally speaking, it is considered high risk to feed by mouth while on positive pressure ventilation even via trach. ...Read more
My mom has had a stroke, has COPD and chf. She has no appetite and complains with upper stomach pain. Should i be concerned? She is 81.
My 87 year old mom has dementia. They want to put feeding tube in because she is inspirating food. Lives in nursing home, doesn't talk. Should we?
Agree w/ Dr.Chastine: This is a very difficult decision and made more difficult by misinformation (feeding tubes prevent aspiration) and pressure family may feel from doctors and nurses. Often people who mean well, will try and pursuade you based on their biases and values. Decreased food intake is part of the progression of dementia. The best question is what would your mom have wanted if she knew this would happen? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I fed my mom through feeding tube.Even after feeding n closing the end of tube,i could see liquid in the tube.what does it mean?pls hlp
Obstruction?: Perhaps there is an obstruction to the tube. Have visiting nurse do an assess & flush & follow her recommendations. If flush doesn't work & the problem persists, then report it to Mom's treating physician. Also, if any signs of distress, like new breathing difficulties, tightness or tenderness in the abdomen, then report that immediately too, as it may signal need for urgent measures. ...Read more
My husband is currently eating through a feeding tube (peg) inserted in stomach, I need professional advice on how it should be handled?
PEG tube handling: Everyone's different, based on reasons the peg tube was placed, duration of anticipated use, calorie requirements of the patient, patency of stomach outlet & the rate of GI functioning/motility, patient's tolerance to commercial feedings; feeding schedule (continuous versus bolus feeds), device used (button, traditional, etc.); & ? Oral supplements permitted. Best to speak with your husband's doc. ...Read more
How long does the inside of the stomach wound take to heal? My mom had a larger 28 mm tube. Tube has been out two days and had to get a colostomy bag
Not sure of question: I am not sure I understand your question? ...Read more
Moms weight is up and down one week she gained 3-4 a day then last night she lost 9 lbs. Is this normal for a pt who has chf, diabetic, COPD and pulmonary hypertension? How do u know if this is end stage?
Not sure why doctors think my mom would qualify for gastric bypass surgery or the band? Yes she's 350 lbs but she has copd, chf, diabetic with fluids around lungs and her legs swell up a lot due to the fluid . How could she qualify?
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more