Low-Profile Balloon J Tube

Also known as: low-profile balloon jejunostomy tube, GJ tube

What is low-profile balloon J tube?

A low-profile balloon J tube is used to feed a patient (often a child) if he or she is unable to take food by mouth. The tube passes through the stomach and into the small intestines. It’s called low-profile because it’s close to the belly and does not hang out, and the balloon is filled with water to keep it in place in the stomach.

What happens during the procedure?

The primary or first tube is typically placed by a surgery using a small cut into the stomach. The tube can be changed (or replaced) using X-ray to guide it into position. The tube is then used to help the child during feedings and for other purposes.

Is any special preparation needed?

You’ll need to avoid food and drink for a set period of time before the procedure.

What are the risk factors?

Bleeding, infection, tearing of the bowels or equipment failure are possible complications of a low-profile balloon J tube.

Reviewed by: Carrie Firestone Baum, MD

This page was last updated on: December 18, 2020 05:22 PM

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