Parents and caregivers are often concerned about moving from an NG- to a G-tube. It can feel like a big step, and it seems more permanent because it requires a surgical procedure. But, understanding more about it from other parents who have been through it can help a lot.
The procedure itself is pretty quick. Expect to stay in the hospital for 1 night to a few days. There will be some pain, but kids recover well and are able to resume normal activity within a week or so. It may take some time to find a feeding method and schedule that works for your child.
A very common response to switching from NG-tube to G-tube is “I wish we had done it sooner!” Most families find the tube much easier to use, more discreet, and more comfortable for their child.
To help you make your decision, check out some of our other pages on G-tubes listed in the box below. We also have numerous parent testimonials about the process listed below.