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Ask the RD: What To Do When Your G-Tube Becomes Dislodged

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Shield HealthCare
08/13/14  9:07 PM PST
When Your G-Tube Becomes Dislodged

Q & A

Question:

What should I do if my G-tube comes out?

Answer:

A feeding tube may become dislodged or the balloon may fail to stay inflated. If this happens, do not panic. Keep the tube in place with tape and cover the area until a tube can be successfully reinserted at the doctor’s office or emergency department. If left open, the hole can close up within a few hours!

This article is designed for educational use only and does not replace the advice of a medical professional. For more information about securing a dislodged G-tube, or what to do when your g-tube has become dislodged, please contact your primary care physician.

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