What do I need to know about feeding tubes?

Many things.. You need to know about procedures to place the tube, diet and how to include medications. Local support groups may help. Hospice is also a great resource as they deal with feeding tubes a lot and may have an educator to help you.
Know your options. There are many reasons for having a feeding tube placed. Some common reasons are to overcome feeding difficulties after traumatic brain injury, swallowing problems after stroke, or because of a tumor that is affecting the upper digestive tract. Consequently, some are permanent, and others are temporary. A peg tube is the most common, followed by a jejunostomy tube (=j-tube).