Surgically inserted G tubes

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Learn about surgically inserted G tubes, why your child may need one and how to care for your child’s feeding tube.

Key points

  • A G tube may be placed during surgery if it cannot be placed by an interventional radiologist or if your child is already scheduled for another surgery.
  • Always know and understand why your child had their G tube placed and if there is anything different about your child’s anatomy. This is important in case the tube needs to be replaced by someone who is not familiar with your child.
  • If your child has a Foley catheter type tube, Malecot or Pezzer G tube, it must be secured to the abdomen with tape, after the stitches are removed. If your child has a Mic G tube, the disk and balloon will keep it secured in place.
  • Start checking the water volume of the tube’s balloon every week, once the tube has been in place for 8 weeks from the primary insertion.
  • Always carry an emergency kit with an extra G tube or Foley catheter type tube, in case the tube is accidentally pulled out.
  • If your child’s tube is accidentally pulled out in the first 8 weeks after insertion, do not insert an emergency back-up Foley catheter type tube. Go immediately to the emergency department and seek urgent assistance from the general surgery team.
Last updated: August 5th 2020