Comparison of fast-track and conventional methods in gastric cancer surgery
Bahri Çakabay, Salim Demirci, Bülent Aksel, Ekrem Ünal, Sancar Bayar, Hilmi Kocaoğlu, Hikmet Akgül
Ankara Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Cerrahi Onkolojisi Bilim Dalı, Ankara, Türkiye
Objective: To compare outcome of gastric cancer surgery with a fast-track rehabilitation program and conventional care.
Background: Fast-track surgery is a promising comprehensive perioperative care program for surgical patients and is beneficial to recovery. There is not much data on fast-track surgery for gastric cancer.
Patient and Method: Seventy-seven patients operated on for gastric cancer were divided into a fast-track surgery group (n=43) and conventional surgery group (n=34). We compared the outcomes of postoperative complications, duration of postoperative stay in hospital, and re-admission between the two groups.
Results: Compared with the conventional surgery group, the fasttrack surgery group had no more complications, the re-admission rate was lower and the duration of the hospital stay was signifıcantly shorter.
Conclusion: Fast-track surgery accelerates rehabilitation and leads to a shorter hospital stay for patients with gastric cancer.
Keywords: Gastric cancer, fast-track surgery, conventional care