Deciding if you need a feeding tube
Making the decision to tube feed is never an easy one. Tube feeding can be a scary prospect, but it doesn’t have to be.
Things to consider
You do not have to stop eating orally just because you have a feeding tube. If you can safely eat and drink, then you can continue to do so after receiving a feeding tube. This will depend on the reason for the tube and the motility in the gut.
Feeding tubes are not always permanent, however it is often difficult to estimate how long a feeding tube will be needed.
Tube feeding does not limit you. You can still continue with your normal activities and work. Many adults work while their tube feeds are running.
You are not alone. There are numerous adults who have feeding tubes.