Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (cont.)
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- What is percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG)?
- What is the purpose of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG)?
- Who does percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG)?
- Where is percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy done (PEG)?
- How is percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy done (PEG)?
- When can the percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy patient go home (PEG)?
- What are the possible complications with percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG)?
- What are the advantages of percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy?
- Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy At A Glance
What are the advantages of percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy?
Percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy takes less time, carries less risk and costs less than a surgical gastrostomy which requires opening the abdomen. Percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy is a commonly-performed so there are many physicians with experience in performing the procedure. When feasible, percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy is preferable to a surgical gastrostomy.
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy At A Glance
- Percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy is a procedure that
allows nutritional support for patients who cannot take food orally.
Percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy involves placement of a tube through the
abdominal wall and into the
stomach through which nutritional liquids can be infused.
- Percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy is a surgical procedure; however, it
does not require opening the abdomen or an operating room. Percutaneous
endoscopic gastronomy also does not require general anesthesia.
- Complications of percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy include infection,
leakage of nutritional liquids that are infused and clogging of the tube.
- Percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy is preferable to surgical gastrostomy
Last Editorial Review: 2/16/2009
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