This procedure is done
at the time of an
and is generally performed for people who have
lost their ability to swallow normally. A
flexible plastic tube is placed directly
through the abdominal wall into the stomach.
The doctor can see the tube from both the
stomach side (through the scope) and the skin side.
These feeding tubes are usually easy to place,
but some people's anatomy may not allow this approach.
The tube is easy to take care for and, when no longer
needed, easy to remove in the office.