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Tube Feeding Tips: Access Removal
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Carol Kirkland is the mother of 13 year-old Nathan Chin. Nathan has been on a feeding tube for about 12 years. He is in the process of working on eating enough to get his tube taken out. Carol contacted Oley wondering how others fare when venting access is removed. She also wonders if physicians just allow the site to heal and leave the stomach attached to the skin at the insertion point.

In response to this query, Dr. Howard writes, The surgically created tract may or may not spontaneously heal after a long period with a G tube. If it doesn’t heal in three to four weeks, we usually close it surgically. This is a minor procedure. The stomach is always left attached to the anterior abdominal wall.

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5/6/2017
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This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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