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PEG or Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

A PEG tube placement is a non-surgical technique for the placement of a gastrostomy or feeding tube using endoscopic technique which may be used for feeding, medication administration or decompression.

Some indications for a PEG tube include:

  • Need for long-term nutritional support.
  • Patient is at high risk for complications associated with surgical gastrostomy placement.
  • Patients with acute or chronic swallowing difficulties.
  • Intolerance of nasogastric feeding tube. 
  • To provide adequate nutrition to trauma or burn patients.

A PEG will require moderate sedation and a short recovery period. You should expect to spend two to four hours in the Endoscopy department.