Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 620–627 | Cite as

Fast-track Surgery Improves Postoperative Recovery in Patients with Gastric Cancer: A Randomized Comparison with Conventional Postoperative Care

  • Dongsheng Wang
  • Ying Kong
  • Bei Zhong
  • Xiaobin Zhou
  • Yanbing ZhouEmail author
Original Article



Fast-track surgery is a new, promising comprehensive program for surgical patients and is beneficial to recovery. Prospective randomized, controlled clinical trials involving fast-track surgery for gastric cancer are lacking.

Patient and methods

Ninety-two patients with gastric cancer were randomly divided into a fast-track surgery group (n = 45) and conventional surgery group (n = 47). We compared outcomes (duration of postoperative stay in hospital, fever, and flatus, complications, and medical costs); postoperative serum levels of tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin-6, and C-reactive protein; and resting energy expenditure between two groups.


Compared with the conventional surgery group, the fast-track surgery group had no more complications (P > 0.05) with a significantly shorter duration of fever, flatus, and hospital stay, and less medical costs as well as a higher quality of life score on hospital discharge (all P < 0.05). With a significantly lower resting energy expenditure (days 1 and 3) postoperatively (P < 0.05), the fast-track surgery group showed a lower serum level of tumor necrosis factor-α (days 1 and 3), interleukin-6 (days 1 and 3), and C-reactive protein (days 1, 3, and 7) than the conventional surgery group (all P < 0.05).


Fast-track surgery can lessen postoperative stress reactions and accelerate rehabilitation for patients with gastric cancer.


Fast-track surgery Gastric cancer Stress reaction Conventional surgery 



C reaction protein


fast-track surgery


Gastric cancer




resting energy expenditure


tumor necrosis factor-α


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© The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dongsheng Wang
    • 1
  • Ying Kong
    • 1
  • Bei Zhong
    • 1
  • Xiaobin Zhou
    • 1
  • Yanbing Zhou
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryAffiliated Hospital of Qingdao University Medical CollegeQingdaoPeople’s Republic of China

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