Enteral feeding, or tube feeding, is a way to deliver nutrients through a tube if you cannot take food or drink through your mouth. In some cases, you may only need tube feeding for a short period of time during your hospital stay. In other cases, you may need to go home with the tube in place and continue to receive nutrition this way. It may be temporary or permanent.

Depending on your condition, you may have a tube that leads from the:

  • Nose to the stomach (nasogastric)
  • Abdominal wall to the stomach ( gastrostomy)
  • Abdominal wall to the intestines ( enterostomy)

Gastrostomy Tube
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Tube feeding provides you with proper nutrition when a condition makes it difficult, unsafe, or impossible to take food in through your mouth. Fluids and medicines can also be given through the tube.