Randomized controlled trial comparing the controlled rehabilitation with early ambulation and diet pathway versus the controlled rehabilitation with early ambulation and diet with preemptive epidural anesthesia/analgesia after laparotomy and intestinal resection.

@article{Zutshi2005RandomizedCT,
  title={Randomized controlled trial comparing the controlled rehabilitation with early ambulation and diet pathway versus the controlled rehabilitation with early ambulation and diet with preemptive epidural anesthesia/analgesia after laparotomy and intestinal resection.},
  author={Massarat Zutshi and Conor Delaney and Anthony J. Senagore and Nagy A Mekhail and Brenda M Lewis and Jason Connor and Victor Warren Fazio},
  journal={American journal of surgery},
  year={2005},
  volume={189 3},
  pages={268-72}
}
BACKGROUND Multimodal postoperative care regimens accelerate recovery after abdominal surgery. The benefit of thoracic epidural (TE) analgesia over patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) remains unproven when used with a fast-track postoperative care plan. METHODS Fifty-six patients undergoing major intestinal resection, and on a fast-track postoperative care plan, were randomized to preemptive TE or PCA. Patients were evaluated at standard time points for pain score, quality of life (Short Form… CONTINUE READING

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