Inserting a feeding tube

Children who suffer from a birth defect or other condition that makes it difficult for them to eat properly often require a feeding tube to ensure they receive proper nutrition.

UF pediatric surgeons typically use one of two common procedures to insert a feeding tube: a gastrostomy or a jejunostomy.

A gastrostomy involves inserting a G-tube through the skin and stomach wall directly into the stomach. This procedure can be partly performed through endoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure.

On the other hand, a jejunostomy requires inserting the feeding tube into the small intestine. Your surgeon may wish to replace the tube every six months. (WHY?)

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