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Laparoscopic Gastrectomy with Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol: Single-Center Experience

Magdalena Pisarska, Michał Pędziwiatr, Piotr Major, Michał Kisielewski, Marcin Migaczewski, Mateusz Rubinkiewicz, Piotr Budzyński, Krzysztof Przęczek, Anna Zub-Pokrowiecka, Andrzej Budzyński

(2nd Department of General Surgery, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Cracow, Poland)

Med Sci Monit 2017; 23:1421-1427

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.898848


BACKGROUND: Surgery remains the mainstay of gastric cancer treatment. It is, however, associated with a relatively high risk of perioperative complications. The use of laparoscopy and the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocol allows clinicians to limit surgically induced trauma, thus improving recovery and reducing the number of complications. The aim of the study is to present clinical outcomes of patients with gastric cancer undergoing laparoscopic gastrectomy combined with the ERAS protocol.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fifty-three (21 female/32 male) patients who underwent elective laparoscopic total gastrectomy due to cancer were prospectively analyzed. Demographic and surgical parameters were assessed, as well as the compliance with ERAS protocol elements, length of hospital stay, number of complications, and readmissions.
RESULTS: Mean operative time was 296.4±98.9 min, and mean blood loss was 293.3±213.8 mL. In 3 (5.7%) cases, conversion was required. Median length of hospital stay was 5 days. Compliance with ERAS protocol was 79.6±14.5%. Thirty (56.6%) patients tolerated an early oral diet well within 24 h postoperatively; in 48 (90.6%) patients, mobilization in the first 24 hours was successful. In 17 (32.1%) patients, postoperative complications occurred, with 7 of them (13.2%) being serious (Clavien-Dindo 3-5). The 30-day readmission rate was 9.4%.
CONCLUSIONS: The combination of laparoscopy and the ERAS protocol in patients with gastric cancer is feasible and allows achieving good clinical outcomes.

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