Feeding Tubes

Feeding tubes are a medical device that provide nutrition through mouth. They are designed for individuals who cannot swallow safely or need nutritional supplementation. The process of being fed by a feeding tube is called tube feeding or enteral feeding. The placement of the medical feeding tubes can be temporary for the treatment of the acute conditions or lifelong for the treatment of the chronic disabilities. A variety of enteral feeding catheters are used in different medical practices. Their diameter is measured in French units, where each French unit equals 1/3 mm. At Patient Room, we offer a wide range of enteral feeding tubes from top-selling brands like Kimberly Clark, Covidien, Corpak, etc.

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Different Types of Feeding Tubes

Feeding tubes are classified on the basis of the site of insertion and intended use.

  • Nasogastric Feeding Tubes: Nasogastric (NG) feeding tubes are inserted through the nose, down the oesophagus and into the stomach. They are usually used for short-term tube feeding, approximately six to eight weeks. 

  • Nasojejunal Feeding Tubes: Nasojejunal (NJ) feeding tubes are inserted through the nose, down the oesophagus and stomach, into the small intestine (jejunum). They are used when feeding into the stomach is not tolerated. 

  • Gastrostomy Tubes: Gastrostomy feeding tubes are directly inserted into the stomach through a small incision in the abdomen. They are used for long-term, approximately more than six weeks. 

  • Jejunal Feeding Tubes: Jejunal feeding tubes are inserted through the stomach into the small intestine (PEG-J) or directly into the small intestine (JEJ) through a small incision in the abdomen. They are used for long-term, approximately more than six weeks.