At our last visit with the GI doctor, she mentioned Azer could get a flatter G-button. Azer has been excited about it ever since. So, last week was the appointment to put it in. I could do it, but something about getting insurance to cover it, it had to be placed by the nurse the first time. When she pulled his Mic-key out, she said his stoma is one of the best she's ever seen.
It can use the same extensions as the popular Mic-key button.
I like the extensions that come with it though. The medication port usually pops open on it's own on the Mic-key extensions.
But, this has been made out of some thicker, stickier sort of silicone.
The button itself isn't as "tall" as the Mic-key, so it is flatter to his body. Nice that it doesn't stick out so much. It is also more flexible. The nurse mentioned that it is a little harder to get the extension in, but Azer doesn't have any trouble with it. This button sits "above" the skin like the Mic-key does, so it allows for air flow under the button, as well. The balloon that sits inside the stomach wall is shaped more oval, and is supposed to provide a better seal to minimize leaking. Another interesting thing is that you can adjust how much water is in the balloon based on comfort. Azer came home with 8 ml's of water in the balloon, but he said it "tickled". I think he could feel the balloon on the inside. I took out 2 ml's of water, and he said he couldn't feel it there anymore, so I guess we got it right.
This is great!! Congrats to you both! His g-tube looks good! I hope Bennett can have one when he gets older too! Yeah for no more tape!
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