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Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is a procedure that places a tube through the abdominal wall and into the stomach.
A gastrostomy tube provides an alternative feeding site. It may be needed to:
- Feed a person who has a hard time sucking or swallowing
- Drain the stomach of fluids that have built up
If you are planning to have a PEG, your doctor will review a list of possible complications which may include:
- PEG tube malfunction
- Aspiration—accidental sucking into the airways of fluid, food, or any foreign material
- Damage to other organs
- Inflammation of the lining of the abdomen
- Irritation of skin near the tube
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Obesity or diabetes
- Smoking, alcohol abuse , or drug use
- Use of certain prescription medicines
- Prior abdominal surgeries
- Advanced age
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Pain that you cannot control...