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This is the Scientific Surgery Archive, which contains all randomized clinical trials in surgery that have been identified by searching the top 50 English language medical journal issues since January 1998. Compiled by Jonothan J. Earnshaw, former Editor-in-Chief, BJS

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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