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Int J Colorectal Dis. 2012 Apr;27(4):507-11. doi: 10.1007/s00384-011-1336-z. Epub 2011 Nov 12.

Feasibility of enhanced recovery programme in various patient groups.

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  • 1Department of General Surgery, Meander Medisch Centrum, Postbus 1502, 3500 BM, Amersfoort, The Netherlands.



An accelerated multi-modal rehabilitation programme may improve the recuperation and reduce the complication rate in patients undergoing colorectal surgery. The aim of this study was to see whether fast-track recovery is feasible in various patient groups.


Data on all patients operated for intestinal pathology from July 2006-April 2008 were prospectively collected for this prospective study. All included patients entered a multi-modal rehabilitation programme. Peri- and postoperative complications and readmissions, pathology reports and operation characteristics were recorded prospectively.


Three hundred and forty-eight patients underwent colorectal surgery. No difference in readmission rate was found between various patient groups. The only significant differences after multivariate regression analysis were in re-operation rate and length of stay in favour of the elective surgery group.


Fast-track modalities can be introduced with a low complication rate in all patient groups. Length of stay in elderly patients averages 10 days, implying that this group cannot be considered as "fast track", although the same protocol can also be applied in this group. Better organization of the aftercare might however considerably change the length of stay of elderly patients, since postoperative complications do not differ between old and young patients.

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