Early postoperative feeding in resectional gastrointestinal surgical cancer patients

Osland, Emma J. and Memon, Muhammed Ashraf (2010) Early postoperative feeding in resectional gastrointestinal surgical cancer patients. World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology, 2 4: 187-191.

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Author Osland, Emma J.
Memon, Muhammed Ashraf
Title Early postoperative feeding in resectional gastrointestinal surgical cancer patients
Journal name World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1948-5204
Publication date 2010-04-15
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 2
Issue 4
Start page 187
End page 191
Total pages 5
Place of publication China
Publisher Beijing Baishideng BioMed Scientific Co., Ltd
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Malnutrition is present in the majority of patients presenting for surgical management of gastrointestinal malignancies, due to the effects of the tumour and preoperative anti-neoplastic treatments. The traditional practice of fasting patients until the resumption of bowel function threatens to further contribute to the malnutrition experienced by these patients. Furthermore, the rationale behind this traditional practice has been rendered obsolete through developments in anaesthetic agents and changes to postoperative analgesia practices. Conversely, there is a growing body of literature that consistently demonstrates that providing oral or tube feeding proximal to the anastomosis within 24 h postoperatively, is not only safe, but might be associated with significant benefits to the postoperative course. Early post operative feeding should therefore be adopted as a standard of care in oncology patients undergoing gastrointestinal resections.
Keyword Early feeding
Randomised controlled trials
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