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What is a gastrostomy tube?

A gastrostomy tube is a feeding tube that is inserted into the stomach for individuals who are unable to take sufficient food by mouth. The feeding tube is inserted through a small nick in the skin and into the stomach under X-ray guidance.
A gastrostomy tube is a tube that is placed surgically in the stomach for nutritional support. It provides a communication between the outside of the body and the stomach by using a button or tube opening on the skin. There are different ways it can be placed, but it always involves a surgical procedure or operation. It can be placed by a surgical incision through the skin and tissue layers into the stomach, or through a less invasive needle-like (percutaneous) approach or via endoscopy. The gastrostomy tube is then used to provide total to partial feedings as well as a route for medications.

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