Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine / 2021 / Article / Tab 3

Research Article

Perioperative Electroacupuncture Can Accelerate the Recovery of Gastrointestinal Function in Cancer Patients Undergoing Pancreatectomy or Gastrectomy: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Table 3

Postoperative characteristics.

VariablesEA group (n = 201)Control group (n = 184) value

Gastrointestinal function score
 Postoperative day 153.0 ± 7.952.7 ± 7.10.651
 Postoperative day 365.2 ± 11.061.5 ± 10.90.001
 Postoperative day 584.5 ± 10.178.9 ± 11.1<0.001
 Postoperative day 796.0 ± 7.291.9 ± 7.2<0.001

Start of soft diet (day)4.7 ± 1.76.0 ± 2.0<0.001
Walk independently (day)3.7 ± 1.04.0 ± 1.000.005
Hospital stay (day)10.6 ± 5.313.1 ± 6.7<0.001
Postoperative complications
 Death00
 Postoperative bleeding010.319
 Anastomotic leakage440.9
 Gastroparesis syndrome3100.037
 Abdominal infection530.557
 Lung infection650.875
 Urinary tract infection230.583

Acupuncture complications
 Skin hemorrhage00
 Skin infection00
 Dizziness10

EA: electroacupuncture.

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