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How is a feeding tube replaced and removed?
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Vineet Choudhry
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