Placement of a gastrostomy tube is required for patients who are unable to eat or swallow enough nutrition for their daily activities. The gastrostomy tube is placed through the abdomen into the stomach and can be used for nutrition, fluids or medications.

 

Gastrostomy can be used for a short time or long-term for patients with diagnoses such as facial trauma, dysphagia and tumours of the head and neck.

 

Physicians will use a lighted flexible tube through the mouth and into the stomach to place the tube and patients will be under a mild sedative and pain medication for comfort.