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Syndrome Gastrostomy 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
Gastrostomy: A gastrostomy tube is a tube inserted through the skin into the stomach, used for long term feeding in patients who cannot swallow. A nasogastric tube is a tube inserted through the nostrils into the stomach. It is a short term catheter which can be used for feeding, but it must be removed or it will cause erosion of the mucosa in the nose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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