Type of Surgery
Last updated: 11/24/2009
Gastrostomy is a surgical procedure for inserting a tube through the abdomen wall and into the stomach. The tube, called a "g-tube," is used for feeding or drainage.
While a colonoscopy is a procedure that uses a thin, flexible tube to view the lower gastrointestinal tract, the upper GI tract can be viewed as well. In a gastroscopy or what is more completely called an EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) uses a similar scope to investigate the inside of the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine.
Gastrostomy refers to a surgical opening into the stomach. Creation of an artificial external opening into the stomach for nutritional support or gastrointestinal compression. Typically this would include an incision in the patient's epigastrium as part of a formal operation. It can be performed through surgical approach or percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG).
The opening may be used for feeding, such as with a gastrostomy tube.
Biliary colic is the presenting symptom in 80% of patients with gallstone disease who seek medical care; however, only 10-20% of all individuals with gallstones experience severe gallstone pain.
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