Question from a new nurse

  1. This might be a dumb question ,but I am a new nurse and I can't find the answer to this question elsewhere. If someone has a g-tube after surgery for a bowel obstruction, is it temporary until the bowel starts working? The pt. did not have a n/g tube, only a g-tube, and was recieving nurtrition via TPN. So I understand that the purpose of the g-tube is to drain any gastric juices, but is it temporary or permanent?
    Thanks-
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  3. by   ebear
    Don't know what was involved with the bowel obstruction. What was the obstruction due to? (That info should be on the post-operative report of the surgeon.)
    Last edit by ebear on Nov 18, '07
  4. by   ktwlpn
    Quote from Cinnamongirl
    This might be a dumb question ,but I am a new nurse and I can't find the answer to this question elsewhere. If someone has a g-tube after surgery for a bowel obstruction, is it temporary until the bowel starts working? The pt. did not have a n/g tube, only a g-tube, and was recieving nurtrition via TPN. So I understand that the purpose of the g-tube is to drain any gastric juices, but is it temporary or permanent?
    Thanks-
    Usually temporary in my experience....Usually they'll have an n/g tube to suction-if the have a peg or g tube already it can be placed to suction...They'll have TPN/IV fluids until they can tolerate P.O. Getting OOB and ambulating asap is the quickest way to wake up that GI tract..

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