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How do they do a feeding tube insertion?

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Dr. Leto Quarles
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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