Allowing normal food at will v enteral tube feeding after major upper gastrointestinal surgery*
Outcomes at 8 weeksFood at willEnteral tube feedingRRR (95% CI)NNT
Mortality5.9%8.4%29% (−37 to 64)Not significant
Major complications28%33%16% (−11 to 36)Not significant
Difference (CI)p-Value
Time to first flatus (d)2.63.0−0.4 (−0.7 to −0.2)0.03
Length of hospital stay (d)13.516.7−3.2 (−6.3 to −0.1)0.046
  • *Abbreviations defined in glossary. RRR, NNT, and CI calculated from data in article.