This procedure is performed for patients who have difficulties in swallowing food or liquids or at a risk of aspiration.
The procedure is performed under aseptic conditions in the angiography suite. This procedure can be performed under general anaesthesia or under moderate sedation.
During the procedure, local anaesthesia (pain killer) is injected into the skin at the access site to prevent discomfort. In this procedure a plastic tube is inserted into the stomach through a small cut in the skin of the upper abdomen under X-ray guidance. This tube is used for feeding the patients. Gastrostomy tubes are inserted in to the stomach while the gastrojejunostomy tubes are placed through the stomach with their tip in the small bowel.