Gastrostomy Tube Placement and Medical Home Program
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If your child needs a gastrostomy tube, you can trust the experienced pediatric specialists at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital to provide world-class care before, during and after the procedure.
A gastrostomy tube, also known as a G-tube, is a medical device that is surgically placed in the abdomen to deliver nutrition, fluids and medicine directly to the stomach.
Your child may need a G-tube if he or she cannot eat, drink or take oral medications properly (which can lead to trouble maintaining or gaining weight, problems with the esophagus functioning properly and aspiration).
Many conditions and illnesses can cause this, including:
- Cardiac conditions
- Congenital abnormalities
- Craniofacial abnormalities
- Failure to thrive
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Metabolic and genetic disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Respiratory conditions
- Severe trauma
Multidisciplinary G-Tube Medical Home Program
If you’ve been told that your child needs a G-tube, you may be concerned about what this means and how he or she will recover.
When you and your child come to us for G-tube placement, the clinicians in our G-Tube Medical Home Program (including pediatric gastroenterologists, nutritionists and surgeons) will provide comprehensive evaluation and care.
They will make sure your experience is streamlined and your questions are answered, working with you to ensure a seamless delivery of care before, during and after G-tube placement.
Specialized surgical expertise
Our board-certified pediatric surgeons have vast experience placing G-tubes.
In addition to other advanced surgical methods, they offer a laparoscopic approach to G-tube placement. This method minimizes discomfort and allows for faster healing. In fact, many of our patients are discharged the day after surgery.