Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
The percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) procedure is a surgical technique used to place a feeding tube into a patient who is unable to gain adequate nutrition by mouth. The need for a feeding tube insertion can vary widely.
The advantage of the PEG procedure is that it replaces “open” operation on the abdomen. It takes less time to perform (approximately 30 minutes), reduces risk and is more cost effective than traditional open gastrostomies.
To learn more about PEG in Williamsport, PA, call us at 570-321-3454. For a direct referral for endoscopy, please call 570-321-3331. The Digestive Disease Center is located at UPMC Williamsport.
Depending on your condition, the doctor may request specific preparations involving diet or medication. You will be asked to not eat or drink anything eight hours before the procedure. Before the procedure you will meet with the doctor and caregiver team as they will review your history, discuss the procedure and answer any questions you might have. You will receive local anesthesia by IV beforehand.
How It Works
After anesthesia has been given, a thin, flexible fiber-optic endoscope is inserted through your mouth and gently navigated to the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum until it reaches the gallbladder and pancreas drains. It will help place and secure the feeding tube. The physician will then make an incision in the skin of the abdomen over your stomach and push a needle through to the stomach. The feeding tube will be pushed through the needle and sutured in place.
After the Procedure
You will be observed in a recovery room in case of complications and until you are more alert. You might be able to be discharged the same day.
Plan on having someone drive you home after the procedure. Do not operate machinery or drive for the next 24 hours.
You should expect some drainage around the tube for the first day or two. You will receive training by a dietitian on how to use and care for your PEG tube. Minor soreness in the abdomen where the tube was inserted is normal, and you will receive medication to help relieve this pain.
Digestive Disease Center at UPMC can answer your questions about undergoing PEG in Williamsport, PA. To meet with gastroenterologist at UPMC Find a Provider.