Understanding your Entuit Thrive

Understanding feeding tubes

Your feeding tube is important. It provides the food that your body needs. We hope that the information on this website and the websites that we listed on the "Support" page will make using a feeding tube easy for you.

This website is about how to use and care for your Cook Medical Entuit Thrive feeding tube. This website provides only general information, so you will still need to follow your doctor’s advice.



Caution: Your doctor is the best source of information and advice about your healthcare. Please contact your doctor about any questions or problems that you have.


We included a glossary to help you understand certain words on this website. The glossary words appear in blue boldface type.

A feeding tube carries food from outside your body to your stomach, where the food can be absorbed.


Feeding tube


Feeding tubes give you the food you need during times when you can’t get enough food through your mouth. You or your loved one might need a temporary or long-term feeding tube for any of these reasons:

Emergency care

Patients in an emergency room may get a feeding tube if they can’t feed themselves in the usual way.

Temporary conditions

People who are seriously injured may need a feeding tube in order to recover. Children who are born too soon may also need a feeding tube.

Cancer treatment

Patients with cancer of the mouth, digestive system, head, or neck may get a feeding tube to help them eat. People who get chemotherapy may need a feeding tube.

Long-term care

People with nerve or muscle disorders may need a feeding tube for a long time.


A gastrostomy tube is a feeding tube that is placed in your stomach by your doctor. Your Entuit Thrive feeding tube is a gastrostomy tube. Gastrostomy tubes are often called “G-tubes.”

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What is a balloon retention gastrostomy tube?

A balloon retention gastrostomy tube uses a balloon filled with water to hold your feeding tube inside your stomach. The balloon prevents your feeding tube from sliding out of place. Your Entuit Thrive feeding tube is a balloon retention gastrostomy tube.

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To place your feeding tube, your doctor puts a tube through your nose and into your stomach. The doctor puts air into the tube to inflate your stomach in order to more easily reach your stomach from outside your body.

The doctor makes a small hole through your abdomen that leads to your stomach. This hole is called a stoma. The doctor places the feeding tube through the stoma and inflates the balloon at the end of the feeding tube. The inflated balloon helps keep your feeding tube in place.

Will my feeding tube need to be replaced?

Your doctor will probably replace your Entuit Thrive feeding tube regularly to make sure that it continues to work correctly. Replacing a feeding tube is often easier than placing it for the first time. Your doctor will follow these steps to replace your tube:

  • Deflate the balloon that keeps your feeding tube in place in your stomach.
  • Remove your feeding tube through the stoma.
  • Insert a new feeding tube through the stoma and inflate the balloon to keep the tube in place.