Fast-track versus traditional perioperative care for laparoscopic colorectal surgery: a prospective randomised trial (abridged secondary publication)
SSM Ng1, SKC Chan2, MHL Ng3, JFY Lee1, PBS Lai1
1 Department of Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2 Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
3 Department of Anatomical and Cellular Pathology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
1. Compared with traditional perioperative care, fast-track (FT) perioperative care for laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer resulted in faster clinical recovery, reduced morbidity, less stress response, and better-preserved cell-mediated immunity.
2. FT perioperative care was an independent predictor of shorter total postoperative hospital stay.
3. The total direct cost was significantly lower in patients who received FT perioperative care.