When patients are unable to get proper nutrition by mouth, a feeding tube is used. This might be due to difficulty or inability to swallow. Feeding tubes can be temporary as part of treatment or lifelong in cases of chronic conditions. For families with this need, quality Healthcare Service in Mitchellville, Maryland is available.
Byzantine Healthcare Services, LLC supports families through quality services that ensure your senior loved one or any family member gets the proper nutrition.
There are different types of feeding tubes, considered based on different factors. Skilled Nursing in Maryland can support you on each type.
- Nasal Tubes are for a temporary purpose and do not require surgery.
Nasogastric tubes enter the body through the nose and travel down the esophagus into the stomach. This is applicable if your loved one can tolerate the sensation and pain of the tubes.
- G-tubes or Gastrostomy Tubes are the most common type of feeding tube.
It is surgically placed into the stomach through the abdominal wall. A gastroenterologist or a surgeon determines which type of G-tube to be placed. PEG and long tubes are one-piece tubes often used as an initial tube following 8 to 12 weeks of surgery. A retention balloon or a bumper holds it in place.
- Gastro-jejunal (GJ) tubes are placed to bypass the stomach during feeding.
Along with the G-tube initially placed, a thin, long tube into the Jejunal (J) portion of the small intestine is also provided. This is done through minimally invasive techniques. J Tubes are recommended if the need is anticipated for more than a month. Care providers in assisted living facilities take care of these procedures.
When a loved one needs tube feeding, we will be there to help you.