Total Parenteral Nutrition & Enteral Nutrition Infusion Therapy Specialist

Align Infusion Clinic

Infectious Diseases Specialists & Infusion Center located in Metairie, LA

Total parenteral nutrition and enteral nutrition infusion therapy are alternative ways of getting the nutrition you need. When you can’t eat or drink, you need providers you can trust for your nutrition therapy, and that’s how Align Infusion Clinic in Metairie, Louisiana, can help. The compassionate and professional nutrition and infusion therapy experts offer both total parenteral nutrition and enteral nutrition infusion therapy, so call the office or click the online appointment tool for help now.

Total Parenteral Nutrition & Enteral Nutrition Infusion Therapy Q&A

What are total parenteral nutrition and enteral nutrition infusion therapy?

Total parenteral nutrition and enteral nutrition infusion therapy offer ways to take in food and liquids when you can’t safely ingest them on your own.

Enteral nutrition

Enteral nutrition typically refers to receiving calories and nutrients through a tube connecting directly to your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. 

Usually, this means first having a surgical procedure to install a tube that connects to your stomach or small intestine. It can also mean a tube connected to your nose or mouth for short-term feeding.

Parenteral nutrition

Parenteral nutrition means receiving your calories and nutrients intravenously. This intravenous solution typically includes what your body needs to function: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals. 

The Align Infusion Clinic team is highly experienced in safe methods of administering total parenteral nutrition and enteral nutrition infusion therapy.

Who would need total parenteral nutrition and enteral nutrition therapy?

You might need total parenteral nutrition or enteral nutrition infusion therapy if you have a condition such as dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), stroke, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or some types of cancers. 

This can include any disease or condition that makes it hard to get the nutrition you need orally. Or, it can include any disease or condition in which you can swallow but you’re at risk for silent aspiration (breathing food or liquid into your lungs).

For example, if you’re recovering from a stroke, you may have a higher risk of silent aspiration so your doctor may recommend short-term alternative feeding methods. Also, up to 34% of stroke sufferers experience malnutrition, making total parenteral nutrition or enteral nutrition infusion therapy a more reliable and safe way to get nutrition. 

How do total parenteral nutrition and enteral nutrition infusion therapy work?

A member of the experienced team at Align Infusion Clinic cleans the treatment area carefully and gently attaches the catheter or tube that delivers your nutrition. The process isn’t painful, and you can amuse yourself by reading, using your phone, or talking to a loved one during your therapy if you wish. 

At Align Infusion Clinic, the patients’ comfort and quality care come first. To learn more about how parenteral nutrition and enteral nutrition infusion therapy can help you get the nutrition you need, call the office or click the online appointment tool now.