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Valdosta, GA 31602

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What is a PEG?

A PEG is an endoscopic procedure for placing a tube for feeding without having to perform an open operation on the abdomen.  It is used in patients who will be unable to take in food by mouth for a prolonged period of time. 

How do I prepare for a PEG?

Please follow our instructions for Upper Endoscopy Prep.

Your doctor will use a lighted flexible tube called an endoscope to guide the creation of a small opening through the skin on the upper abdomen and directly into the stomach.  This procedure allows the doctor to place and secure a feeding tube into the stomach.  Patients will receive an IV sedative, a local anesthetic, and antibiotic prior to the procedure.  No stitches are required to close the incision. The procedure usually lasts 30-45 minutes. 

After the PEG is placed

  • You will be observed closely for any complications.
  • The PEG tube will be secured to your abdomen with tape and a gauze dressing will be placed around the incision.
  • You will not be able to drive following the procedure, so plan on having someone with you to take you home.
  • You may see some drainage around the PEG tube for the first 24-48 hours.
  • A dietician will teach you how to use and care for your PEG tube.
  • For a few days you may have minor soreness in your abdomen where the PEG was inserted.  This will feel like a pulled muscle. 
  • If you have difficulty with your PEG, please call our office.


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