Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy
Percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy is a procedure that provides nutritional support for patients who cannot take food orally. During a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy a tube is placed through the abdominal wall and into the stomach through which nutritional liquids can be infused.
The purpose of a percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy is to feed patients who have difficulty swallowing food. Irrespective of the age of the patient or their medical condition, the purpose of percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy is to provide fluids and nutrition directly into the stomach.
How is percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) performed?
An endoscope is passed through the mouth, throat and esophagus, then into the stomach. The physician then makes a small incision in the skin of the abdomen over the stomach and pushes a needle through the skin.