Rationale and clinical benefits of an intensive long-term pulmonary rehabilitation program after oesophagectomy: Preliminary report

Filippo Lococo, Alfredo Cesario, Silvia Sterzi, Giovanni Magrone, Valentina Dall'Armi, Francesca Mattei, Francesco Varone, Venanzio Porziella, Stefano Margaritora, Pierluigi Granone

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Abstract

Patients who undergo oesophagectomy for oesophagealcancer (OC) usually have an overall poor prognosis and, still more preoccupying, an unsatisfactory quality of life (QoL). Considering that, as already noted, post-operative pulmonary function has a strong correlation with the long-term outcome and QoL after surgery, we have assumed and speculated on the clinical benefits of an intensive long-term pulmonary post-operative rehabilitation program in this particular subset of patients. Herein, we report the preliminary results of a comparative retrospective analysis in a series of 58 patients who underwent radical oesophagectomy and post-operative chest physical therapy (CPT) under two different protocols, from October 2006 to January 2011. Finally, we discuss on the time-trend analysis of pulmonary function and the potential role of post-operative pulmonary rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number21
JournalMultidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 28 2012

Keywords

  • Chest physical therapy
  • Oesophagectomy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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