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Why Should A Feeding Tube Be Inserted In The Duodenum And Not The Stomach
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
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
Why do esophageal cancer patients have a feeding tube inserted into the duodenum instead of the stomach?
To avoid stomach: When your esophagus is removed due to cancer (esophagectomy) in order to eat again, your stomach may be used to replace your esophagus (stomach conduit). Therefore you want to avoid any surgery that may compromise the use of the stomach as a conduit. Therefore a feeding tube would be placed in the small bowel or jejunum. This is called a "j" tube. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any ideas why a person with esophageal cancer will have a feeding tube inserted into the duodenum instead of the stomach?
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
Parkinson's: In general, parkinson's-afflicted people tend to deteriorate over time. This mainly is a neurological disease, and dementia, as well as deterioration of motor function can become compromised. That being said, i treat a lot of patients with parkinson's disease, and most of them do not need, or have needed feeding tubes. ...Read more
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Need expert advice. After minor surgery my dad is having trouble swallowing. They want to put in a feeding tube?
Difficult ans: This is difficult to simply answer. What was the surfery what was his baseline condition what transpired post op did he have a stroke. These are all points to consider. Speak to his doctors and consider a neurology consult to determine why he cannot swallow. In the short term he can be fed through a tube running from the nose to the stomach, ...Read more
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