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Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Online ISSN 1827-191X
Brustia P., Renghi A., Gramaglia L., Porta C., Cassatella R., De Angelis R., Tiboldo F.
Departments of Vascular Surgery and of Anesthesiology, Ospedale degli Infermi, Biella, Italy
Aim. Clinical experience in gastrointestinal surgery demonstrated that a multimodal approach can improve the outcome and reduce the length of hospital stay. In this paper we investigate the impact of a multimodal clinical program, based on mininvasive surgery, epidural anesthesia and early feeding and mobilization, on postoperative morbidity and hospitalization after abdominal aortic surgery.
Methods. A 2-armed study was designed. All patients undergoing abdominal aortic surgery between May 2000 and April 2001 were enrolled in a multidisciplinary clinical program including thoracic epidural anesthesia and analgesia, left sub-costal minilaparotomy without evisceration, encouragement to feed and mobilize soon after surgery (Multidisciplinary group: n=82). For comparison purposes, a retrospective analysis was conducted using the data of all patients operated on between January and December 1997, receiving standard anesthesia care and a standard surgical and nursing program (Standard group: n=64).
Results. In the Multidisciplinary group we observed significantly better pain relief (p<0.01), earlier restoration of ambulation (p<0.01), earlier feeding (p<0.01) and passage of stools (p<0.01). The incidence of complications was significantly lower in the Multidisciplinary group: pulmonary (0% vs 14.1%), cardiac (2.4% vs 9.4% ) and gastrointestinal (0% vs 10.9%). None of the patients in the Multidisciplinary group required admission to Intensive Care. Median postoperative hospitalization was 3 days in the Multidisciplinary group compared to 9 days in the Standard group (p<0.01).
Conclusion. These results suggest that a multidisciplinary intervention with rewiev of the traditional surgical care program would enhance recovery, decrease morbidity and hospitalization after abdominal aortic surgery.