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Interventional Radiology

What is it like to live with a feeding tube?


A feeding tube enables people who can’t eat normally—due to injury, oral cancer, or another short-or long-term illness—to get the food and nutrition they need via a tube fed into the stomach through the abdomen.

To honor Feeding Tube Awareness Week, we are sharing this video of patients who live with a feeding tube, as well as the parent of child with a feeding tube.

You can find detailed information about understanding, using, and caring for a feeding tube at

Watch this animation of a feeding tube placement.



Refer to the Entuit Gastrostomy BR Balloon Retention Feeding Tube product page for more information and the complete Instructions for Use.

This story reflects the experiences of three individuals. Every feeding tube case is unique, and results may vary for patients. Information included in this article and in the video should not be used as basis for any treatment. Consult a licensed healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment.

All content in the patient-focused video is provided by the patients, who were compensated by Cook Medical for their participation.