Duration of tube feeding
Tube feeding may seem like a challenging adjustment for you or a loved one. Your doctor, nurses, a nutritionist and home health care providers can help make this adjustment a successful one.
Tube feeding is often used as a short-term solution while someone recovers from an illness, an injury or a surgery. Most people receiving enteral feeds return to regular eating.
There are some situations in which enteral feeding is used as a long-term solution, such as for people with critical illnesses or for an older person who is not able to maintain their nutritional needs.
All usage of tube feeding should always aim to increase the patient's quality of life.