Mic Key vs Peg

Posted By: BryanB

Mic Key vs Peg - 09-22-2018 12:22 AM

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
Posted By: ChristineB

Re: Mic Key vs Peg - 09-25-2018 12:16 PM

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!!!
© 2019 Oral Cancer Support - Survivor / Patient Forum