What is Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy?
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) is a procedure where physicians use an endoscope to insert a plastic flexible feeding tube through the upper abdominal wall directly into the stomach.
Why is Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Done?
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy is generally performed on patients who, for various reasons, are no longer capable of eating or drinking enough food and liquids to sustain themselves.
What are the Risks Associated With Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastronomy (PEG)?
Overall, the risks associated with PEG procedure are low. Bleeding and/or infection can occur at the site where the tube is placed. Perforation (a hole or a deep tear in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract) may require surgery, but this is a very uncommon complication. Rarely, injury to other adjacent organs like the colon and liver can occur. Other risks involve complications related to the anesthetics and sedatives (breathing difficulties, aspiration) or complications related to heart and lung disease.