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