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My mom in law had a feeding tube inserted in her abdomen

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My mom in law had a feeding tube inserted in her abdomen while she was hospitalized in Chicago. We recently brought her home to Atlanta and she no longer uses it (for 10 days) she eats fine and has no problem ambulating swallowing, etc. Ive called around top a few Docs asking if they could remove it and they have all said the doctor who inserted it must remove it. I think its a simple catheter with balloon device inserted into her stomach.
Are there doctors who will remove it at a hospital or do I literally have to fly her back to Chicago to get it removed?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 11 months ago.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
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That is not true.

Any doctor can remove it with experience.

If it is held by a balloon then it can be deflated by a syringe and then pulled out.

This can be done by any gastroenterologist or general surgeon.
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