Impact of elemental diet on early recovery after laparoscopic colectomy: findings of a randomized controlled trial. Surg Today 2017; 47: 166–173.

Published: 6th October 2017

Authors: Shichinohe T, Sasaki T, Kitashiro S, Morita T, Ono K, Senmaru N et al.


The study included 102 patients randomized to elemental diet from day one before surgery to two days postoperatively. The elemental diet improved return of oral intake (3 versus 4 days, P= 0.034) and shortened hospital stay (4 versus7 days, P=0.08).

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