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Why it’s done:
Placement of a feeding tube into the stomach (gastrostomy tube) or a feeding tube that passes from the stomach into the small intestine (gastrojejunostomy tube) allows nutritional support for patients who are unable to take sufficient food by mouth.
How it’s done:
An interventional radiologist uses X-rays to guide placement of a feeding tube into the stomach. When the stomach is abnormal, a longer feeding tube can be inserted which passes further into the small intestine.
Level of anesthesia:
Bleeding, infection, damage to the small or large bowel, leakage into the body cavity
Two to four hours of bed rest
As needed for leakage or obstruction of the tube
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