The doctor places percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, or PEG, tubes through a small incision in the abdominal wall and into the stomach, explains WebMD. He uses an endoscope inserted into the mouth and passed into the stomach to view the stomach lining to determine insertion site.
The doctor secures the flexible feeding tube to the abdomen with tape, and the entire procedure takes roughly 30 to 45 minutes, according to WebMD. A patient generally receives an intravenous sedative and local anesthesia prior to the surgery, explains the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. While patients receive close monitoring immediately following the surgery for infection and bleeding, they can typically leave the hospital within a day of the surgery.