Enhanced recovery in elderly patients undergoing pancreatic resection: A retrospective monocentric study

Medicine (Baltimore). 2022 Jun 10;101(23):e29494. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000029494.

Abstract

Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathway for pancreas has demonstrated its value in clinical practice. However, there is a lack of specific evidence about its application in elderly patients. The aim of the present study was to assess the impact of age on compliance and postoperative outcomes. Patients ≥70 years old that underwent pancreatic resection within an ERAS pathway between 2012 and 2018 were included, and divided into three groups: 70-74, 75-79, and ≥80 years old. Compliance with ERAS items, length of stay, mortality, and complications were analyzed. 114 patients were included: 49, 37, and 28 patients aged 70-74, 75-79, and ≥80 years, respectively. Overall compliance to ERAS items between groups was not different (66%, 66%, and 62%, P = .201). No significant difference was observed in terms of median length of stay (14, 17, and 17 days, P = .717), overall complications (67%, 78%, and 71%, P = .529), major complications (26%, 32%, and 39%, P = .507), or mortality (0%, 3%, and 4%, P = .448) with increasing age. Application of an ERAS pathway is feasible in elderly patients with pancreatic resection. Increasing age was neither associated with poorer compliance nor worse postoperative outcomes.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery*
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay
  • Pancreatectomy / adverse effects
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Postoperative Period
  • Retrospective Studies