What is Gastrostomy Tube Feeding?

Gastrostomy Feeding Tube benefits patients with limited voluntary intake, chronic neurological or mechanical dysphagia, gut dysfunction, and those who are critically ill.

Gastrostomy is a technique in which a tube, known as a G-tube, is introduced into the abdomen and stomach by Lana Life Care. Lana’s professionals use this  approach to help patients live and eat when tube feeding is required. As we become older, diseases become increasingly common. Because starvation has never allowed any illness, it may be challenging to offer nourishment to people who are unable or unwilling to eat. When external nutrients fail to keep them healthy, psychological counselling and gastrostomy tube feeding are utilised to keep them healthy.

A gastrostomy tube feeding assistant from Lana can assist older adults in obtaining the nutrition they need when they can’t eat enough food via their mouths or when they need more calories. Depending on a person’s health, gastronomy is either permanently or temporarily implanted in their body. Lana Life Care offers the best Gastrostomy Tube Feeding service. Lana Life Care is the best home healthcare service in the United Arab Emirates, providing high-quality medical assistance in the privacy and comfort of your own home. With a team of certified nurses, physiotherapists, and healthcare assistants, Lana takes great satisfaction in complying with the Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) rules and their code of conduct.

Gastrostomy Feeding Procedures

When food is impossible to pass through the stomach and throat, a gastrostomy operation is performed. A gastrostomy is required for the following reasons:

  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Problems with appetite
  • Unable to eat or drink anything
  • People who are severely sick

To avoid a build-up of acid and fluids, gastrostomy feeding is also essential. It may also be necessary in the case of obstructions, which are frequently caused by cancer development.

What is a Gastrostomy Tube Feeding ?

A gastrostomy feeding tube is used to supply nourishment to those who have difficulty eating. Lana Life Care’s feeding tube insertion, also known as percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), or gastrostomy tube insertion, is a technique in which a tube is inserted into the stomach.

Preparing for Gastrostomy Feeding Procedure?

With the aid of Lana’s professionals, you may conduct a gastrostomy at home. All of your medicines, including blood thinners like Warfarin (Coumadin), Aspirin, or Clopidogrel (Plavix), should be disclosed to your doctor (Bufferin). Because blood thinners and anti-inflammatory medicines may complicate the process, you should stop using them for a week or so before the treatment as per your doctor’s advice.

If you are one of the following, tell your doctor about your health problems:

  • Lung Problems
  • Diabetes Condition in a Pregnant Woman
  • Allergies
  • Cardiovascular Diseases 

On the day of the surgery, oral medicines or diabetic insulin must be appropriately adjusted.Your personal doctor will perform a gastrostomy using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a camera attached. During the procedure, you’ll be given an anaesthetic to make you comfortable and pain-free. Following the surgery, you may feel sleepy. The technique is relatively quick. Doctors usually advise you to fast for eight hours before the surgery. 

Gastrostomy Feeding Procedures

A 60cc syringe, prescription liquid food, a measuring cup, a clean container, and an IV pole for hanging the food container are all items to gather before gastrostomy tube feeding/peg tube feeding. 

Attach the tubing from the end of the meal bag to the end of your gastrostomy tube to take liquid food. Lana Life Care experts wash their hands thoroughly before beginning the gastrostomy tube feeding/peg tube feeding procedure. 

They confirm the positioning of the 60cc syringe on the end of your peg tube feeding. When the plunger is pulled back, yellow-green gastric fluids pour into the tube, confirming the gastrostomy tube feeding/peg tube feeding’s location in the stomach. 

If a substantial volume of liquid is drawn back, experts stop gastric feeding immediately. Instead, they reintroduce the stomach contents, which are rich in nutrients.

Then experts will flush water through the tube to clean it. Wait a few hours before attempting gastrostomy tube feeding again.

When attempting gastrostomy feeding at home, the length of the feeding tube is analysed by the caretakers of Lana Life Care with utmost care. If no stomach content can be visible while pushing back, peg tube feeding will be impossible. The length of the gastrostomy feeding tube can be validated with the aid of your doctor by measuring it with a ruler.

To alter the pace of your gastrostomy feeding with self-peg tube feeding, Lana Life Care experts open the clamp on your tube as advised by your doctor.

They connect the feeding tube to the liquid food container by inserting the tube’s tip into your feeding tube. The experts manage the speed of gastrostomy feeding by slowly opening and adjusting the speed clamp.

The gastrostomy feeding procedure should take 45-60 minutes. They will stop peg tube feeding if you experience symptoms like choking or trouble breathing. 

When your gastrostomy tube feeding is finished, fill the container with the amount of water advised by Lana’s expert doctor.

What to do after the procedure?

Lana’s expert care givers will guide you through the procedure. First of all, after the therapy, you should focus on complete resting. For the first five to seven days, your abdomen needs to be repaired. Following the tube insertion into the body, you must meet with Lana’s expert dietician, who will teach you how to utilise the tube for feeding. They would also provide you with instructions on how to care for it. For the first few days, drainage surrounding the tube is usual; Lana’s nurse will assist you in changing the bandage frequently. For a few days, you may have little discomfort around the cut on your body. To avoid infection or skin irritation, Lana’s nurses will keep the incision area dry and clean. 

What are the Gastrostomy tube feeding complications?

The gastrostomy technique can cause complications, but they are quite rare. The following are some of the potential side effects of gastrostomy tube feeding:

  • Concerns about anaesthesia
  • Infection
  • Damage to the organs
  • Bleeding
  • Accidental suction of fluids, food, or any other foreign particle into the airways, which is known as aspiration
  • Diarrhoea
  • Irritation of the skin around the tube
  • The tube isn’t working properly

Ease the Process of Gastrostomy Tube Feeding with Lana Life Care

Lana life care can assist you in making tube feeding less mysterious and integrating it into your daily routine. To correctly manage the patient’s dietary needs, a coordinated approach is essential. Each discipline is responsible for and monitors the patient’s physical and psychological requirements. Lana Life Care’s healthcare professional prescribes proper calorie requirements, and they are given and overseen by Lana’s expert nurse. Among other things, Lana’s nursing assistants may help with patient posture, comfort care, and behavioural monitoring.

Considering all the complications of gastrostomy tube feeding, Lana Life Care experts take care of each of these anticipated problems and do the insertion with utmost care and concentration. 

Lana also makes sure that their patients do not have any further complications. Their caretakers will be regularly checking up and giving you a safe tube feeding experience.