Eat a light meal the night before the surgery. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
Arrange for a ride to and from the hospital.
will be used. It will block any pain and keep you asleep through the surgery.
Description of the Procedure
If you are unable to undergo PEG, the doctor will do this open procedure. In some cases, gastrostomy may be done at the same time as another stomach surgery. The doctor will make an incision through the skin, abdominal wall, and into the stomach. A tube will then be placed through the skin and into the stomach. This tube will be stitched in place. The doctor will then close the incision.
Immediately After Procedure
The doctor will make sure that the tube is placed correctly. You will be moved to the recovery room and monitored closely.
How Long Will It Take?
1 hour or longer
How Much Will It Hurt?
You will have pain after the surgery. Ask your doctor about medicine to help with the pain.
Average Hospital Stay
This procedure is done in a hospital setting. The usual length of stay is several days. Your doctor may choose to keep you longer if complications arise.
Depending on your condition, you may need to get nutrition through IV fluids for the first day or two after the tube placement or until your intestine is working normally. You will then be started on clear liquids. You will gradually move to thicker liquids.
Keep the tube insertion site clean and dry.
Wash your hands before touching the area.
If antibiotics are ordered, take all of the pills. Do not stop, even if you feel healthy.
Learn how to administer tube feedings. Also, learn how to flush out your tube. This will decrease the risk of blockages.
Learn what to do if you have a serious complication (eg, dislodged tube or aspiration).
Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
Signs of infection, including fever and chills
Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site around the tube
Problems with the tube, including if it becomes dislodged, clogged, or malfunctions (Dislodging is most common during the first two weeks that the tube is in place.)
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a