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G Tube - Gastrostomy Tubes

Gastrostomy Tubes also know as G Tubes can be a life-saving piece of equipment for patients whom have trouble getting enough nutrition, or a difficult time swallowing. They are required after a gastrointestinal surgery, as eating normally afterward is not possible. There are many types of tubes that can be purchased. Choosing which one is the right one depends a patient's needs. Some specifics to think about include:

  • Balloon Size - Balloon sizes can range from as little as 5cc (cubic centimeters) to as large as 24 cc. The size of the balloon is important to know since its main purpose is to hold the tube in place.
  • Profile Style - Low Profile tubes are small and discreet. Patients can choose a low-profile tube for easy feeding because it only contains one-port located just outside the stomach. MIC-KEY Tubes are more visible but contain more ports for the medicine and balloon maintenance.
  • Number of Ports - Single ports are often found on low-profile tubes work for food intake. Dual ports contain a port for feeding and another for the balloon. Three-port tubes contain one port for food, one for medicine and one for the balloon.

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Gastrostomy Tubes are inserted into the body through the abdomen, giving some much-needed nutrition and calorie-intake directly into the stomach of the patient. This is particularly useful for after-surgery patients but can also be used as a daily intake instrument for adults or elderly who have a difficult time swallowing foods or drinks. For home patients who want privacy, a MIC-KEY LOW PROFILE Gastrostomy Tube Kit is available in several different French sizes and diameters. The items can be placed discreetly while providing the patient with the proper nutrition they need.

The tubes themselves can serve as an essential piece of equipment for any number of situations. Among them are children who have a difficult time growing, or getting the proper nutrition they need. Although mostly used as a temporary solution, some may need them for a longer period of time depending on their situation. Another effective use is for patients experiencing advanced stages of dementia. While dementia differs from one person to another, a Gastrostomy Tube can help someone who often forgets or is unable to feed themselves. Patients whom also experience anorexia may also be tube-fed if they are malnourished to the point of needing one inserted.

Choosing the right tube depends on many factors. Other than proper research, speaking to a physician before choosing a Gastrostomy Tube is a good first-step. These products will require a prescription before purchasing, so seeking a doctor's feedback is crucial and will lead to a solid buying decision.

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