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Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy in Southern California

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When patients have difficulty swallowing, a Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) might be the solution. A PEG is a procedure in which a feeding tube is inserted directly into the stomach, exiting through the skin of the abdomen. This is a safe way to ensure that the patient maintains sufficient nutrition.

How to Prepare for Your PEG

Your Long Beach gastroenterologist will provide you with specifics on what to do or what not to do before undergoing your PEG. These specifics will include detailed instructions on your diet and medication in the days leading up to the procedure. Typically, you will be placed on a clear liquid diet before the procedure.

What Happens During Your PEG?

In order to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure, you will be given an IV with medication.

To determine the PEG insertion site, the physician will insert an endoscope through the mouth and into your stomach. Once the physician has examined the stomach lining and selected the PEG insertion site, he or she will make a small incision in the abdominal wall. This whole process takes around 30 to 45 minutes.

What Happens After Your PEG?

After the procedure, you will be observed for any complications or problems by our experienced and compassionate staff here at West Gastroenterology Medical Group. Most patients experience drainage around the tube for the first two days.

During your recovery, you will also be taught how to use and care for your PEG tube by a dietitian.

If any problems arise after your procedure or if you are having difficulty with your PEG tube, contact West Gastroenterology Medical Group at (562) 247-4050. We have offices in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Murrieta, and Newbury Park.

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