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Doctors often recommend placing a gastrostomy tube in the stomach for a variety of conditions in which a patient is unable to take sufficient food by mouth for a prolonged period of time. In the procedure, the feeding tube is inserted through a small nick in the skin and into the stomach under X-ray guidance.
In patients with gastroesophageal reflux, in whom feeding into the stomach is not safe, a gastrojejunal feeding catheter can be placed, which allows liquid feeds to enter directly into the small intestines.
Gastrostomy (Feeding) Tube A gastrostomy (feeding) tube, inserted through the stomach wall, helps patients who are unable to take food by mouth for a prolonged period of time. gastrostomy tubefeeding tube