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
Choking on food 60 3
Support weight gain 52 8
General health 51 10
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 18 3
Atrophy of tongue muscles 10 2
Support nutritional health 5 1

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Severe
3
Moderate
6
Mild
5
None
13

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

Hospitalization 61
Pain 4
PEG tube failure 2
Granulation tissue 2
Hospitalization 2
Ataxia (lack of coordination) 1

Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Having PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Not indicated 83
Course of treatment ended 2
Other 1
See all 86 patients who’ve stopped having PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Duration

Currently Having PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 4
3-6 months 0
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 0
2 years or more 16
Stopped Having PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 2
3-6 months 2
6 months-1 year 0
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 0
Adherence
Always
18 67%
Usually
4 15%
Sometimes
4 15%
Never
1 4%
Burden
Very
5 19%
Somewhat
6 22%
A little
10 37%
Not at all
6 22%
Cost
$200+
3 21%
$100-199
0 0%
$50-99
0 0%
$25-49
3 21%
< $25
8 57%
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8 patient evaluations for PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy

Tommy Maker
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Tommy Maker
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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

Feb 8, 2014 (Started Feb 05, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Support weight gain: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
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)

  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage:
Advice & Tips: now use it most of my nutrition

Jan 12, 2011 (Started Jun 05, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage:
Advice & Tips: Started to use as a supplement to eating

Nov 19, 2009 (Started Jun 05, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: Not at all
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)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Pre-placement while body still healthy: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Flush line and add more liquids to body.: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
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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