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
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

  • 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 5
Mild 8
None 15

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

Side effect Patients
Pain 4
Granulation tissue 2
PEG tube failure 2
Stomach distention 2
Acid reflux 1
Ataxia (lack of coordination) 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Dosage Patients
one time 8
daily 5
as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 2
Other 1
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Duration

Currently having PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Duration Patients
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 3
2 years or more 9
1

Stopped having PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Duration Patients
0-1 month 94
1-3 months 2
3-6 months 3
1-2 years 1

Adherence


Always
Patients
21
66%
Usually
Patients
7
22%
Sometimes
Patients
2
6%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
2
6%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
3
9%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
8
25%
A little hard to take
Patients
14
44%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
7
22%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
2
6%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
3
9%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
11
34%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
16
50%
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8 patient evaluations for PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

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Tommy Maker
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Tommy Maker
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See Tommy Maker's full PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy history

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
amma
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amma
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: n
I have:
ALS

See amma's full PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy history

Oct 19, 2011 (Started Jun 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage:
Advice & Tips: now use it most of my nutrition

Jan 12, 2011 (Started Jun 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage:
Advice & Tips: Started to use as a supplement to eating

Nov 19, 2009 (Started Jun 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage:
Advice & Tips: Glad I got it early, but only use it when I was sick or really tired.

  • 0 helpful marks
pitsbacon
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pitsbacon
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: mild
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See pitsbacon's full PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy history

Nov 18, 2010 (Started Nov 11, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pre-placement while body still healthy)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Flush line and add more liquids to body.)
  • side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I haven't started using the PEG for its real purpose--to feed me when I can no longer eat by mouth. I've had it about a week and it's healing ok. Had some major pain the first night, but then each day after the pain has gotten better. This is a good way to add more fluids to the body, because I usually never drink 64 oz daily.

  • 0 helpful marks
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