PEG out time - looking for advice

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I will be having my PEG (not RIG) removed in the not too distant future.  When it was put in we discussed removal and I was given 2 options.  1 - remove it the way it went in with an endoscope and 2 - cut it close to the skin and push it in and leave it to naturally work its way through the body.

I had no problems with the insertion procedure using the endoscope.  I have difficulty with the thought process of the PEG just coming out naturally - what if it gets stuck!!  With the endoscope I do worry abut the possibility of bloating, but I had no problems with the insertion.  However I hear of others that did...

So I am looking experiences of the removal to help me decide

Thank you.

  • when they took mine out it was a case of cut the tube to deflate the 'balloon' or disc or whatever.. and pull it out like a cork from a bottle... it sounds brutal, but it just smarts for a while.. stomach starts healing straight the way, and the bullet hole in a week or so.. 

    Loz (61)

    Oropharyngeal right tongue base T2N2bM0 squamous cell carcinoma p16 positive.. 

  • Tube cut and PEG pulled out.....Whole thing took about 30 mins most of it preparation and  being re-assured.....Nurse who performed the removal in Dundee was excellent....as Loz states pretty much painless and heals quickly.

    Peter

  • Hi. I had problems with PEG insertion but it was pulled out with gas and air and although I was very anxious it was pretty painless and healed within a few days. Liz 

  • Looks like my PEG is different as it has a solid bumper internally so can't be pulled out through the hole.  It can only go inwards.  Jury is still out, but thanks for the responses.

    Peter
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  • Jury is still out,

    I’ve asked my retired Gastro consultant friend. The only contraindication for push in is if you have a tendency to constipation. 

    Dani 

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  • Mine was also a solid bumper, I was told if it broke when he tried to pull it I would need endoscopy to remove it. Thankfully it came out in one piece with the sound of a champagne cork! 

  • it came out in one piece with the sound of a champagne cork!

    lol.. yes, it definitely comes out with a 'POP', eh? 

    Loz (61)

    Oropharyngeal right tongue base T2N2bM0 squamous cell carcinoma p16 positive.. 

  • Good evening Peter, it sounds as if you have the type of PEG with a disc on the end of it to stop it from being pulled out rather than the ballon type where they deflate the balloon by removing the water, when i first had my PEG fitted i had the same as the one you have and had it fitted the same way, removal was how you describe in your first option with no problems, i think a lot of the bloating is when you have a RIG but not 100%. Im not sure if i was offered the second option. I now have the balloon type as it gets changed every 4/6 months. I never realised that they pulled it out as that sounds a bit painful but maybe they are made of different from 12 years ago. I would go with your first option, Peter.. I bet you will be glad when you are tube-free.  

    Its sometimes not easy but its worth it ! 

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  • Chris, thanks.  TBH the PEG does not worry me and I have many a time forgotten I have it in.  I think I am one of the lucky ones.  I like the reassurance form a "PEG expert" that the quick and simple method works Blush

    Peter
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  • I will up the Movicol to 8 per day at that stage - just in case Rofl

    Peter
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