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 70 12
Support weight gain 64 22
General health 57 20
ALS (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 27

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

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Dosage Patients
one time 8
daily 4
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
See all 108 patients who’ve stopped having PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Duration

Currently having PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

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

Stopped having PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 102
1 - 6 months 5
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 31
Usually 11
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 14
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 22
Not specified 23
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10 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: g
I have:
ALS

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

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
Nav_Shaikh
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Nav_Shaikh
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 51
Condition: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

See Nav_Shaikh's full PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy history

Feb 1, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for GERD (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
KipWong
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KipWong
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See KipWong's full PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy history

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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