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Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) Tube Specialist

Marc David Makhani, MD -  - Gastroenterologist

LA Digestive Health and Wellness

Marc David Makhani, MD

Gastroenterologist located in Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers, Los Angeles, CA

Patients in Los Angeles, CA in need of a percutaneous endoscopy, also known as a feeding tube or PEG, can see Dr. Makhani at LA Digestive Health and Wellness, for installation, treatment and care for this device at his state of the art office located at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers in Beverly Hills, CA.

Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) Tube Q & A

What is percutaneous endoscopy?

A percutaneous endoscopy is also known as an abdominal feeding tube and is often referred to as the acronym PEG. The tube allows nutrients to be fed directly into the gastrointestinal tract, bypassing the mouth and esophagus. While the placement of a feeding tube is a relatively simple procedure, it is usually only recommended for complex conditions. The primary purpose is to provide nutrients to the patients, although the PEG can also be employed to reduce pressure in the gastrointestinal tract due to abdominal malignancies causing gastric outlet or small bowel obstruction.

Is PEG tube placement a surgical procedure?

Yes, it is a type of surgical procedure. The procedure is done via an upper GI endoscopy with sedation. A small area of the abdomen is sterlized and a small 5mm incision is made to insert the PEG tube for enteral nutrition.

What conditions would make a feeding tube necessary?

A feeding tube can be installed in patients who are unable to consume enough food orally to meet their daily needs. The conditions most commonly associated with this procedure are those associated with neurological conditions linked to poor swallowing such as stroke patients, those with cancer of the oral cavity or esophagus, Alzheimer's, and other diseases of the esophagus.

How is the feeding tube placed?

In most cases, the patient will be sedated, and the area of the abdomen where the incision will be made is numbed. The doctor will use an endoscope to see the interior of the stomach to aid in placement. A small incision will be made in the patient’s abdomen, and the PEG is placed through the incision. The procedure only takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

How does a patient care for the feeding tube?

Once the procedure is complete, the area will be cleaned and covered with sterile gauze. Once the incision heals, the patient will need to clean the area gently every day with soap and water. The tube should be monitored to ensure it stays in place. If it moves or dislodges, medical treatment should be sought immediately as the incision will begin to close within 24 hours. The PEG feeding tube usually lasts for several months and in some cases up to a year or more. The tube will need to be replaced periodically due to natural wear and tear.