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

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
08/13/14  9:07 PM PST

Q & A

When your g-tube becomes dislodged, it can seem pretty scary. We answer what you should do if your g-tube comes out:

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! Be sure to immediately call your doctor for further instruction.

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.

Check out these articles and videos for more of information about G-tubes:

You can also find more information about g-tubes through the Oley Foundation and the Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation.

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