Hadassah

Hadassah-Designed Feeding Tube: Less Angst for Patients

Tuesday, Aug 1 2017

Whereas traditional feeding tubes often clog, dislodge, or degrade, a feeding tube invented by Hadassah Medical Organization Pediatric Gastroenterologist Dr. Ishay Benuri is designed to reduce all of these problems and improve the quality of life for patients and caregivers alike.

Globally, 1.3 million people are dependent on feeding tubes for nourishment because they are unable to absorb food orally, whether because of a stroke, Parkinson’s disease, dementia or other neurological impairment. This translates into four million tubes being inserted each year, as they need to be replaced when they get clogged, dislodged or degrade.

The new tube was developed by the Israeli start-up, Fidmi Medical, founded by Dr. Benuri. As with a traditional feeding tube, in order to implant the device, the surgeon inserts an endoscope through the patient’s mouth and guides it into the stomach. Through a camera on the endoscope, the doctor determines exactly where to insert the tube by making a small incision in the abdominal wall. With the tube in place, there is now a path to deliver nutrition directly into the gastrointestinal tract, bypassing the mouth and esophagus, the normal pathway leading to the stomach. How the uniquely designed tube works following insertion, however, is the important difference.

Many physicians, Fidmi Medical reports, recommend replacing a feeding tube every six to eight months. The structure of this tube, however, eliminates the need for repeated replacement because its flexible, yet rigid-core, silicone internal “bumper” keeps the tube in place better than the current soft bumpers. It reduces clogs, so that medicine and food flow freely.

With traditional feeding tubes, when replacement is required, the soft bumpers are meant to be removed along with the feeding tube. With this Fidmi new design, the entire device rarely needs to be removed because it features a disposable inner feeding tube, which is easily taken out and replaced by either the patient or caregiver. When the tube does need replacing, a special tool detaches it from the bumper, which, in turn, then breaks up and is expelled naturally from the body. In this way, only the tube has to be removed. As a result, this new Fidmi tube makes the procedure trauma-free, whereas traditionally, removing and replacing feeding tubes is an unpleasant, time-consuming procedure.
The Fidmi device was introduced at the Innovations in Gastroenterology International Conference in Tel Aviv this past January and is now undergoing its first clinical trial at Hadassah.

Read more about the Fidmi device and watch a video to see how it works at https://www.israel21c.org/easing-the-discomfort-and-complications-of-feeding-tubes/

Comments

No comments yet.
First Name
Email
Comment
Enter this word:

Related Stories

alt_text

Wednesday, Aug 16 2017

Gazan Boy Walks for First Time at Hadassah

Unable to stand on his feet, suffering from severe respiratory distress, a four-year-old boy from Gaza gained the ability to walk once Hadassah Hospital surgeons identified and removed a large tumor lodged in his chest.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Wednesday, Aug 16 2017

Hadassah Hosts Health Innovation Conference

Over one hundred doctors, researchers, and entrepreneurs gathered at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem this summer to discuss how to advance the quality of patient care with computational power.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Monday, Aug 14 2017

Hadassah Hosts First Human Trial with Drug to Fight Nasty Bacterial Infection

Immuron, an Australian biopharmaceutical company, has received approval from the Hadassah Medical Organization’s ethics committee and Israel’s Ministry of Health to begin its first clinical trial with a new drug to fight a bacterial infection called Clostridium Difficile (CDI).

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Thursday, Aug 3 2017

Mystery of Devastating Pediatric Disease Solved by Hadassah Team

A genetic mutation causing a rare and devastating pediatric neurological disease that has puzzled medical centers around the world has been identified at the Hadassah Medical Organization by Prof. Orly Elpeleg, head of Hadassah's Department of Genetics and Metabolic Diseases.

READ MORE ›

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Missions Department

missions@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

More ›

Show More