What is Feeding Tube?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: MIC-KEY G-tube Gastrojejunal feeding tube (GJ-tube) Jejunal feeding tube (J-tube) Show all

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See also: PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Feeding tubes are used to support a person's nutritional needs. They may be temporary or needed intermittently during acute illness and in recovery. It may be used long term to provide nutrition and hydration when control over swallowing is impaired due to progressive disease or injury.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 101 34
General health 75 10
Choking on food 55 15
Support weight gain 23 8
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 9 3

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 8
Mild 20
None 49

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Feeding Tube

Side effect Patients Percentage
Abdominal bloating 4
Pain 3
Acid reflux 2
Diarrhea 2
Uncomfortable 2
Abdominal cramps 1

Show all 15 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Feeding Tube

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 6
four times daily 1
twice daily 1
weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Feeding Tube

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 12
Course of treatment ended 8
Doctor's advice 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Did not seem to work 2
Side effects too severe 2
See all 26 patients who've stopped using Feeding Tube

Duration

Currently using Feeding Tube

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 4

Stopped using Feeding Tube

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 12
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 55
Usually 15
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 23
Not at all hard to take 33
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 6
< $25 19
Not specified 44
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17 patient evaluations for Feeding Tube

Dec 25, 2016 (Started Dec 12, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support weight gain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 30, 2016 (Started Dec 11, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for maintain weight)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Has definitely helped maintain my quality of life. (Although I hate to admit it.)

Aug 13, 2011 (Started Dec 11, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for maintain weight)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Very easy to maintain hydration. No forcing mysef to keep taking sips.

Nov 17, 2010 (Started Dec 11, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for maintain weight)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 29, 2012 (Started Sep 25, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for choking on food)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for generalized weakness (asthenia))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I would be dead without this feeding tube to get my nutrients and drugs inside me. I can no longer eat, chew or swallow effectively. I also get a cool new body piercing!

  • 1 helpful mark
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