Internal Medicine

Feeding Tube Placement

Providing nutrition to a patient with a decreased appetite and weight loss is often a critical part of the treatment plan. Placement of a feeding tube may be used to provide nutrition, as well as hydration and medications. Feeding tubes may be placed in the esophagus or stomach during a short anesthetic procedure. Placement is generally safe and may be performed on an outpatient basis. They may be placed for temporary use or long-term nutritional support. Some medical conditions in which a feeding tube may be of benefit include:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Esophagitis or stricture
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Cancer