The day before the procedure a fine, soft tube will be passed through the nose into your stomach.
A liquid which shows up on X-ray will be put through this tube to enable the doctor to see where your bowel is as it must be avoided.
On the day of the procedure you will go to the X-ray department and once lying on the X-ray table you may be given a sedative injection to make you sleepy and relaxed.
It is not a general anaesthetic and you will not be unconscious. Many people have local anaesthetic injection only and no sedation.
Air will be pumped into your stomach through the tube to move the stomach into the right position.
Local anaesthetic is injected into the selected site on your tummy and four stitches are put around the site to hold your stomach in position, these are removed in two or three days.
A small cut is made in the centre of these stitches and the Gastrostomy tube (button) is inserted into your stomach.
Once you return to the ward the soft tube may be removed from your nose unless the doctor states otherwise.
In your stomach there will be a small balloon filled with water which stops your Gastrostomy tube (button) falling out. This water will need to be changed every 10 - 14 days and your District Nurse can do this.
When a feed is due, a feeding tube will be attached to your Button through which the feed is given.