Tubes, Gastrostomy, Feeding, Surgical
Definition : Gastrostomy tubes designed for surgical insertion of the distal tip into the stomach for direct enteral feeding using open surgery procedures (known as Stamm gastrostomy). These devices typically consist of a single-lumen, clear, rubber or plastic tube with a Malecot or mushroom-like tip that is placed in the stomach; some thread or suture material is wrapped around the tube and then stitched to the skin around the gastrostomy to keep it in place. Open surgery gastrostomy feeding tubes are used for short- or medium-term (up to two to four weeks) use; they may be replaced by another device if needed (e.g., a balloon, Foley-type catheter, or a low-profile device known as a gastrostomy button) for long-term feeding.
Entry Terms : "Tubes, Gastrostomy, Mushroom"
UMDC code : 27142