At-a-Glance: Types of Feeding Tubes
Enteral feeding tubes come in all shapes and sizes — and different types of feeding tubes serve different purposes.
For example, some tubes are used temporarily and may not require surgery. These go through the nose. Others are used for longer time periods and go through the belly.
If your doctor has already suggested a feeding tube for you or a loved one, it’s because that tube’s purpose best fits the needs of the person who will use it. Lifestyle factors should be considered as part of your care team’s decision. Below is a breakdown of different types of tubes, to help you better understand what you may be getting.