A feeding tube can remain in place as long as you need it. Some people stay on one for life.
While a patient recovers from an illness, getting nutrition temporarily through a feeding tube can be helpful. But, at the end of life , a feeding tube might cause more discomfort than not eating. For people with dementia, tube feeding does not prolong life or prevent aspiration.
Possible complications associated a feeding tube include: Constipation . Dehydration . Diarrhea . Skin Issues (around the site of your tube) Unintentional tears in your intestines ( perforation ) Infection in your abdomen (peritonitis)
Patients should consult with their doctor or a speech language pathologist to determine if swallowing food is safe for them. If an individual can eat by mouth safely, then he/she can absolutely eat food ! Eating won’t hurt the tube and using the tube won’t make it unsafe to eat .
Aspiration from feeding tubes is also a common cause of respiratory infection, although patients without feeding tubes can aspirate as well–especially those with impaired swallowing control. The third most common source of sepsis is the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
The more common conditions that necessitate feeding tubes include prematurity, failure to thrive (or malnutrition), neurologic and neuromuscular disorders, inability to swallow, anatomical and post-surgical malformations of the mouth and esophagus, cancer, Sanfilippo syndrome, and digestive disorders.
The American Medical Association, a President’s Commission and almost every appellate court decision have agreed that artificial nutrition and hydration is a form of medical treatment that may be legally refused . Competent patients have the legal right to refuse tube feedings.
If you’re not getting in any fluids, you’ll likely die within several days of your feeding tube removal. But you may survive for as long as 1 or 2 weeks .
All interviewees talked about the length of time it took their relative to die (most between 9 and 14 days after withdrawal), and some had been disturbed by changes in the patient’s physical appearance.
It’s okay to shower or bathe in a tub. But do NOT let the tube site go under water. Do not pull on the tube .
Balloon G tubes should be changed at least every six to eight months to prevent the balloon from leaking or breaking which can cause the G tube to accidentally fall out. The G tube feeding extension set should be changed every month.
The endoscope is inserted through the mouth and down the esophagus, which leads to the stomach . After the endoscopy tube is inserted, the skin over the left side of belly ( abdomen ) area is cleaned and numbed. The doctor makes a small surgical cut in this area. The G- tube is inserted through this cut into the stomach .