PEG: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

During a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) procedure, a flexible feeding tube is placed through the abdominal wall and into the stomach. PEG allows nutrition, fluids and medications to be put directly into the stomach, bypassing the mouth and esophagus.

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Use our online referral form or call
602-943-1111 to request a referral to a John C. Lincoln physician who specializes in percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) procedures.

A PEG tube can last for months or years. But it can break down or become clogged over extended periods of time and might need to be replaced.

Your doctor can easily remove or replace a tube without sedatives or anesthesia, although your doctor might opt to use sedation and endoscopy in some cases.

Your doctor will remove the tube using firm traction and will either insert a new tube or let the opening close if no replacement is needed.

How a PEG Procedure Is Performed

Your doctor will use an endoscope to guide the creation of a small opening through the skin of the upper abdomen and directly into the stomach. This procedure allows the doctor to place and secure a feeding tube into the stomach.

Patients generally receive an intravenous sedative and local anesthesia, and an antibiotic is given by vein prior to the procedure.

After the PEG Procedure

You usually can go home the day of the procedure or the next day.