Before performing gastrostomy surgery, your child’s physician will provide you with detailed instructions on when they should stop eating and drinking.
After undergoing G-tube surgery, most children will begin to gain healthy weight now that they are receiving more of the necessary nutrients and medicine they need to grow.
Most children will stay in the hospital for one or two days after their surgery. To be cleared for discharge, they will need to be pain-free and be able to demonstrate that they can take food and fluids through their new G-tube.
At-home care is critical to ensuring your child’s gastrostomy procedure is successful in the long term. Before they can go home, the physician will explain how to care for the G-tube, how to administer food and medicine with it, and how to address common problems that may arise. You should receive most of your home-use equipment while you’re still in the hospital so you can learn how to use it. This includes the:
- Feeding pump
While each child is different, most require around two weeks of at-home care before they’re fully recovered and comfortable with their new routine. If possible, plan to take time off work during this time to be with your child and help them navigate this new normal.