Medical Imaging

Angiography > Exams & Procedures > Gastrostomy Feeding Tube

Is the placement of a tube directly into the stomach through the skin to provide liquid nutrition for patients who are unable to eat. This can be either a temporary or a permanent situation.

Local anaesthetic is injected into the skin to numb the area and then access to the stomach is obtained. A catheter is left in place and secured to the skin with an anchoring device.

You must not have anything to eat or drink for at least 6 hours prior to the procedure. If you are taking aspirin, Coumadin, Tyclid, Plavix or Aggrenox please stop taking this medication one week before, but only with your doctor's approval. A blood test may be taken prior to having the procedure done if you are on any of the above mentioned drugs.