What is the role of anesthesia in percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement?

Updated: Dec 13, 2018
  • Author: Gaurav Arora, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Danny A Sherwinter, MD  more...
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Typically, this procedure is performed with moderate sedation using intravenous midazolam and fentanyl (or meperidine), along with local anesthesia (ie, lidocaine) at the site of tube placement. However, some patients may require deeper sedation with an agent such as propofol, and this is usually administered and monitored by an anesthesiologist. For more information, see Procedural Sedation and Local Anesthetic Agents, Infiltrative Administration.


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