Gastrostomy (enteric tube placement)
A gastrostomy or gastrostomy tube (also called a G-tube) is a tube that is inserted through the abdomen to deliver nutrition and medications directly to the stomach. Button type gastrostomy is most common today. Pictures of common gastrostomy buttons are shown. There are other products and devices, but these are representative of the most common ones we use.
The pediatric surgeons at Penn State Children’s Hospital place G-tubes in infants, children and teens who need long-term supplemental nutrition.