From what Ive heard from patients who have had both, the Mickey button is much preferred. Its much simpler to use and not as bulky. Check with your doc about what blended foods you are using. The feeding tubes are designed to work with the formulas. Real food can clog the tubes or cause them to break down much quicker so use extra caution no matter which tube you choose. Plus its next to impossible to get a completely balanced diet when using real foods so a nutritionist may be able to help ensure your diet is balanced.

The one downside with a mickey button is the patient must swap it out on a regular basis themself. The doc can show you and your caregiver how its done. My firends who have done this have told me its very easy and painless.

Good luck!!!

SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line IV antibx 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3x in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile