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|Tube Feeding Tips: Access Removal|
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.”