Mayo Clinic's approach

  • Teamwork. At Mayo Clinic, radiologists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, speech pathologists, surgeons, pharmacists, internal medicine specialists, dietitians, nurse specialists and wound care experts work as a multidisciplinary team to provide whole-person care for people who require home enteral nutrition (HEN).
  • Experience. Mayo Clinic specialists have provided HEN services to more than 13,000 people. Specialists at Mayo Clinic's Rochester, Minnesota, campus provide HEN services to around 700 new people every year. Your care team is prepared with the experience, knowledge and resources to provide you with exactly the care you need.
  • A full range of treatment options to consider. Mayo Clinic care providers work with you to review all of your treatment options and choose the treatment that best meets your needs. Options for HEN include a variety of feeding tubes — including nasogastric, nasojejunal, gastrostomy, jejunostomy, transgastric jejunostomy and venting tubes — as well as a variety of feeding methods and formulas.
  • One-on-one training. Your care team tailors your training to your individual needs. Topics include selecting and preparing your feeding formula, feeding tube care, finding reliable sources for supplies and efficient record keeping.
  • Follow-up care. Your care team continues to offer support and care beyond your initial training. Expect regular follow-up visits with your doctor, a registered nurse and a registered dietitian, who serves as your HEN coordinator. Your team stays in touch with you through the phone and online messaging. If any problems occur, your care team is available to help.

    It's helpful to have a local provider to help with acute issues if you live at a distance. The Mayo team can collaborate with local providers.

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