Although certain formulas have been made more palatable and some people are able to drink enteral formulas, it is still often administered through a feeding tube. With a nasogastric feeding tube, a tube is fed through the nose and into the stomach. Once inserted, the formula is pumped into the stomach to provide nutrition for the patient. In certain circumstances an NG feeding tube isn't possible and a jejunostomy feeding tube may be surgically implanted into the patients stomach. Both methods of enteral nutrition have pros and cons and these must be considered when picking which option to use.
When being used for adults with Crohns Disease, the results of enteral nutrition have been inconclusive, but when other methods fail, patients may not have many other options to try. If nothing more, using enteral nutrition may provide the patient with symptomatic relief and more energy. Like in any medical situation, many factors must be considered and a patient must consult their doctor in order to make the best decision for their health. Because the patient must refrain from eating during the duration on the treatment, you must first decide if you will be able to stop eating for a period of time, but if you can refrain from eating during enteral nutrition then EEN may be a viable option for your treatment for Crohns Disease!