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      Category : Health Centers > Digestive System


Alternate Names : Stomach Tube, Gastrostomy Tube, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, PEG

Gastrostomy | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

The person and his or her family will be taught how to care for the feeding tube before leaving the hospital. They will learn:

  • how to care for the skin around the tube
  • the signs and symptoms of infection
  • the signs and symptoms of tube blockage
  • how to perform the feedings
  • what to do if the tube is pulled out
  • A visiting nurse may be needed until the family is comfortable with the feedings. A person can resume his or her normal activities a day or two after the gastrostomy.

    What are the potential complications after the procedure?

    There are potential complications with any surgery. These include bleeding, infection, and allergic reaction to anesthesia. The gastrostomy tube may become dislodged, or fall out and need to be replaced. Stomach contents can leak out of the tube causing skin irritation. The gastrostomy tube can become clogged. Other complications include stomach upset such as diarrhea, cramping, and bloating.

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    Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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