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Early oral feeding following McKeown minimally invasive esophagectomy: an open-label, randomized, controlled, noninferiority trial. Ann Surg 2018; 267: 435-442.

Published: 17th May 2018

Authors: Sun H-B, Li Y, Liu X-B, Zhang R-X, Wang Z-F, Lerut T et al.


Some 280 patients were studied. Return of bowel function was quicker after early oral feeding but postoperative complication rates were similar: 30 per cent versus 32.9 per cent after later feeding. Quality-of-life at two weeks was better after early oral feeding.

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