PEG - endoscopically implanted feeding tube
PEG is an endoscopically implanted feeding tube which goes directly into the stomach through the abdominal wall.
This is necessary for patients who can no longer swallow, for example, due to a stroke or other neurological diseases. It is also used, for example, in people suffering from Parkinson’s disease to administer medication directly into the small intestine. The procedure starts with a gastroscopy; during the course of which the optimal location for inserting the feeding tube into the stomach is determined. After anaesthetising the skin, a guiding wire is firstly led into the stomach, after which, the feeding tube will be implanted into the stomach via the mouth so that one end of it will be in the stomach, the other on the abdominal skin.