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15.06.2017 | Original Article

Enhanced recovery pathway in elderly patients undergoing colorectal surgery: is there an effect of increasing ages? Results from the perioperative Italian Society Registry

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Marco Braga, Luigi Beretta, Nicolò Pecorelli, Marianna Maspero, Umberto Casiraghi, Felice Borghi, Luca Pellegrino, Stefano Bona, Roberta Monzani, Gianluigi Ferrari, Danilo Radrizzani, Riccardo Iuliani, Carlo Bima, Marco Scatizzi, Giancarlo Missana, Marco Azzola Guicciardi, Andrea Muratore, Michele Crespi, Hedayat Bouzari, Andrea Pisani Ceretti, Ferdinando Ficari, On behalf of PeriOperative Italian Society Group


Previous studies reported that enhanced recovery pathway (ERP) is safe in elderly who did not require a specifically tailored protocol. In previous studies, elderly have been considered as a homogeneous cohort and the cut-off value to identify them was different. The aim of the present study is to assess the compliance to ERP and its impact on postoperative outcome in three subgroups of elderly patients with increasing ages. Prospectively collected data entered in an electronic Italian registry specifically designed for ERP were reviewed. 315 elderly patients undergoing elective colorectal resection were divided into three groups. Group 1: 71–75 years (n = 105), Group 2: 76–80 years (n = 117), Group 3: over 80 years (n = 93). Primary endpoints of the study were adherence to ERP and time to readiness for discharge (TRD). Compliance to ERP was similar in the three groups. No difference among groups was found for mortality, overall morbidity, major complications, reoperation rate and readmission rate. Median TRD and length of hospital stay (LOS) were progressively longer with increasing age (p = 0.018 and p = 0.078, respectively). Increasing age did not impact on adherence to ERP and postoperative morbidity, but delayed both TRD and LOS.

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