Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy PEG
It is a procedure that places a flexible feeding tube through the abdominal wall into the stomach. It allows the nutrition, the administration of liquids and medications directly in the gastric cavity, without going through the mouth and the esophagus.
It is placed endoscopically quickly and at a low cost, currently replacing the surgical gastrostomy.
The main indication for the use of PEG is the feeding of patients who have difficulty swallowing orally due to mechanical and / or neurological problems. Especially in cases of oral cavity cancer, laryngeal cancer and in all cases of head and neck cancer that will receive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, its use is essential to maintain the patient’s nutrition and avoid stopping treatment when feeding is not possible orally by edema and tumor destruction.