Mayo Clinic's approach

Collaboration

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).

Expertise

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.

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.

Your training may take a few hours or a few days, depending on your situation. In addition to one-on-one training, you'll receive educational materials that outline your tube feeding program.

Ongoing 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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Expertise and rankings

Over the years, Mayo Clinic specialists have provided home enteral nutrition services to thousands of people. Your care team is prepared with the experience, knowledge and resources to provide you with exactly the care you need.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders and diabetes and endocrinology in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked among the Best Hospitals and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked highly performing for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz. is ranked highly performing for diabetes and endocrinology by U.S. News & World Report.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Dec. 12, 2019
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