My mother has not had sufficient oral intake for a few months and is recovering from a urine infection. She failed to pass swallow assessments a year ago but we decided to go on with oral intake. Things have been ok until the last months where her intake has dropped and swallowing is worse and now I am feeling she needs a g tube.
I have many questions about this. I am uneasy about relying on her oral intake and also uneasy about having a g tube placed.
Is the surgery generally simple? Does the sedation used during the surgery have a negative effect on the brain?
What happens if she were to pull out the tube soon after it is installed? Would stomach acid then leak into the abdomen? I've heard two accounts of this happening where the person died from this.
Does anyone know if placing the tube radiologically vs endoscopically effects outcomes?
What level of strength does a person need to undergo this operation? She is weak right now and sleeps all day but the Dr more or less okayed the procedure yet I think she should be stronger first.
Am I overthinking a simple procedure I don't need to think about so much?