Regular ArticleGastrostomy Tubes after Gynecologic Oncologic Surgery
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AbstractIn order to prevent the complications of long-term nasogastric suctioning and increase patient comfort, we have been using gastrostomy tubes (G-tubes) in gynecologic oncology patients who are deemed to be at risk for protracted postoperative bowel dysfunction. This study describes our patient selection criteria and evaluates the results with 35 MIC (Medical Innovation Corporation, Milpitas, CA) gastrostomy tubes inserted between September 1, 1992 and April 30, 1993. The procedure is technically easy and adds approximately 10 min to operating time. The tabes were well tolerated by the patients over periods ranging from 5 to 135 days. All tubes were used for postoperative gastric drainage and in addition, eight tubes were used for short-term enteral feeding. One patient with short bowel syndrome continued enteral nutritional supplementation at home. Twenty patients were discharged with their G-tubes in situ . Five of these patients required continuous gastric drainage because of obstruction of gastric emptying or small bowel by advanced tumor, and four of them were taking full liquids orally prior to discharge from the hospital. Gastrostomy tubes are convenient adjuncts to postoperative care of the gynecologic oncology patient and afford palliation with few complications to patients dying with bowel obstruction.

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