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Gary’s story

 “I was diagnosed with a rare, benign parapharyngeal schwannoma, a neural tumor close to my salivary glands. It was only by chance that the doctors discovered the tumor! I was told that for six weeks after the surgery I would need a nasogastric tube feeding. But my body didn’t cope with the tube and I could no longer swallow food or drinks. I felt very weak. My weight dropped from 16 stone to 11.5. Eventually had a permeant low-profile gastronomy tube fitted.

Now my weight has increased and I’m getting stronger. I’m back at work and keeping active - I even ran the London marathon last year, wearing my pump the whole way around. I am living proof that it is possible to have a relatively normal life whilst tube feeding.”

“Tube feeding was a big emotional adjustment but now things have settled. It has given me back my ability to have an active life, I can do everything that everyone else can do.”

Gary - UK
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The role of enteral nutrition and medical devices

Nutricia understands the importance of optimal nutritional support and we continue to develop our science and technology - offering innovative feeding solutions designed for the ICU and surgical environments. We support healthcare professionals by offering a comprehensive range of tube feeds, complimented with medical devices, accessories and services to help provide the best care to their patients.

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Enteral (or ‘tube’) feeding pumps, sets and tubes are used to deliver nutrition directly into a patient's stomach. To help patients and their families follow the tube feeding advice given by their healthcare professional, a trustworthy enteral feeding pump is essential, both in the hospital and back at home.

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Our tube feeding products & medical devices

The Nutricia products shown from this point onwards are intended for the nutritional management of diseases and related medical conditions and therefore should be used under medical supervision.

For healthcare professionals only

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Enteral feeding and medical devices healthcare professional pages

The healthcare professionals pages provide access to a range of articles and resources related to enteral feeding and medical devices, including clinical guidelines and detailed product information. The pages are for healthcare professionals only.

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