Benefits of early feeding and early hospital discharge in elderly patients undergoing open colon resection.

@article{Difronzo2003BenefitsOE,
  title={Benefits of early feeding and early hospital discharge in elderly patients undergoing open colon resection.},
  author={L Andrew Difronzo and Nader Yamin and Kaushal B. Patel and Theodore Xavier O'Connell},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Surgeons},
  year={2003},
  volume={197 5},
  pages={747-52}
}
BACKGROUND Recent studies have demonstrated a reduction in hospital stay and postoperative complications in elderly patients undergoing laparoscopy-assisted colectomy, and have attributed the shorter stays and reduced morbidity to the laparoscopic approach. We questioned whether the improved outcomes in these studies were a result of the laparoscopic procedure alone or a result of early postoperative feeding and early hospital discharge. We hypothesized that early feeding in elderly patients… CONTINUE READING

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