A feeding tube is a plastic or rubber tube to give food and water to someone who cannot eat or drink. A feeding tube can be put in through the nose (Dobhoff) or the stomach wall (PEG or G tube). When there has been stomach surgery, there is sometimes a feeding tube inserted in the small intestine (J tube).RelevanceDecisions about feeding tubes are some of the most difficult ones patients and families have to make. They work best for providing nutrition for a short time to support someone through an acute illness. However, some people require tube feeding for life.
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