Definitions for gastrostomy
surgical creation of an opening through the abdominal wall into the stomach (as for gastrogavage)
The surgical procedure for making an opening in the stomach as part of an operation.
Origin: From gastro- + -stomy
the operation of making a permanent opening into the stomach, for the introduction of food
Gastrostomy refers to a surgical opening into the stomach. Creation of an artificial external opening into the stomach for nutritional support or gastrointestinal compression. Typically this would include an incision in the patient's epigastrium as part of a formal operation. It can be performed through surgical approach, percutaneous approach by interventional radiology, or percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy. The opening may be used for feeding, such as with a gastrostomy tube.
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Creation of an artificial external opening into the stomach for nutritional support or gastrointestinal compression.
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