Published online Jun 21, 2013. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i23.3642
Revised: March 20, 2013
Accepted: April 27, 2013
Published online: June 21, 2013
Core tip: Fast-track surgery (FTS) is a promising program for surgical patients, and has been applied in several surgical diseases. The value of FTS in radical distal gastrectomy has been demonstrated recently, but the safety and efficacy of FTS for radical total gastrectomy requires further evaluation. The present study showed that FTS was feasible for perioperative care in radical total gastrectomy. Compared with conventional care, FTS could shorten the duration of flatus and defecation, accelerate the decrease in white blood cell count, decrease postoperative complications, shorten the postoperative stay, reduce the cost of hospitalization, and promote postoperative recovery of patients.