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Mic Key vs Peg #197196
09-21-2018 05:22 PM
09-21-2018 05:22 PM
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I've had a peg now for the last 3 years. It's been a good one but now it's time for a new one! laugh I am considering a mic key button instead of the dangling tube this time around. I eat blended food (no formula), so I syringe in somewhat thick or creamy foods. Will a mic key work as well? Since they are held in by a balloon, do you need to keep a spare handy? I would love any insight you may have or your opinion one way or the other. Thanks and be blessed!! Bryan


15 year survivor of tonsil cancer. In 2002 I was diagnosed with Stage III squamous cell carcinoma. I had a left neck dissection, teeth removed, and 38 radiation treatments. In 2015 I received a feeding tube and in 2016 a trach, both due to radiation side effects. But I'm happy to say that life has been good to me!!
Re: Mic Key vs Peg [Re: BryanB] #197229
09-25-2018 05:16 AM
09-25-2018 05:16 AM
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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!!!


Christine
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

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