What is PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy?

Category: Surgeries

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See also: Feeding Tube

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is a surgical procedure for placing a feeding tube without having to perform an open operation on the abdomen (laparotomy). A gastrostomy (a surgical opening into the stomach) is made percutaneously (through the skin) using an endoscope (a flexible, lighted instrument) to determine where to place the feeding tube in the stomach and secure it in place.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Choking on food 71 12
Support weight gain 65 23
General health 56 20
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 19 3
Atrophy of tongue muscles 10 2
Support nutritional health 5 2

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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
Severe
4
Moderate
8
Mild
14
None
28

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Side effect Patients
Pain 4
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2
PEG tube failure 2
Stomach distention 2
Abdominal bloating 1
Acid reflux 1

Show all 23 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently having PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Dosage Patients
one time 6
daily 3

Why patients stopped taking PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 2
Other 1
See all 109 patients who've stopped having PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Duration

Currently having PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped having PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 103
1 - 6 months 5
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 32
Usually 11
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 15
A little hard to take 22
Not at all hard to take 13
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 1
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 23
Not specified 23
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10 patient evaluations for PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Aug 31, 2016 (Started Feb 05, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support weight gain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: Now on overnight feed which helps with weight gain and energy. Easier to adapt to than I thought.

Feb 8, 2014 (Started Feb 05, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Support weight gain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: Difficult to say at this early stage but I expect that it will be very helpful as my ability to eat declines further.

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 1, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for esophageal dysphagia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Barrett's esophagus)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 23, 2014 (Started Jan 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for choking on food)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: My wife does the feeding for me, I sometimes eat a few bites of chicken and/or mashed potatoes. Don't eat much by mouth nowadays.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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