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Tube change post procedure - what to expect

Patient information A-Z

A guide for outpatients

This leaflet has been designed to answer some of the common questions you may have following your procedure.

There are various types of tubes which may need changing, for example a gastrostomy feeding tube or a nephrostomy tube in the kidney.

Post procedure

We recommend you do not undertake strenuous activity and rest for the remainder of the day of the procedure.

Can I drive home afterwards?


Possible problems

There is a slight risk of an infection developing at the site of the procedure. If you feel unwell, contact your GP.


If you take blood thinners, you may restart them after the procedure.

Contacts/further information

If you have any comments, queries or feedback regarding the procedure or this information leaflet, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

If your appointment is in the angiography department please call 01223 348920.

If your appointment is in the fluoroscopy department please call 01223 216320.

Privacy & Dignity

Same sex bays and bathrooms are offered in all wards except critical care and theatre recovery areas where the use of high-tech equipment and/or specialist one-to-one care is required.

We are smoke-free

Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

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Cambridge University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road, Cambridge

Telephone +44 (0)1223 245151