Duration of tube feeding
Tube feeding can seem like a challenging adjustment for you or a loved one. Your doctor, nurses, a dietitian, and home healthcare 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, injury, or surgery. A lot of people receiving enteral feeds return to regular eating.
There are some situations where enteral feeding is used as a long-term solution, such as for people with critical or chronic medical conditions or an older person who cannot maintain their nutritional needs.
All usage of tube feeding should always aim to increase the patient's quality of life.