Gastronomy or Enteral Feedings

A gastronomy tube is connected to your stomach and comes out of the body in the upper left quadrant of the abdomen. It may be temporary or permanent and is used for supplemental feedings when a patient cannot eat normally due to:

  • Birth defects of the mouth, esophagus or stomach
  • Inability to swallow
  • Inability to consume food by mouth
  • Breathing in food during consumption
  • Advanced dementia
  • Eating disorders
  • Intestinal failure

Your nurse will set up your enteral feeding and monitor your tube to ensure there are no complications. During the visit, they will teach you proper care of the tubing and also initiate your feeding according to the rate prescribed by your doctor.

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