Fast-Track surgery protocol in perioperative care for gynecological laparoscopy

  • Hongping Zhu
  • Xiaoying Xu Suzhou Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine
Keywords: Fast-track surgery, Enhanced recovery after surgery, Laparoscopic gynaecological surgeries, Perioperative care, Nursing


Objectives: This study aimed to compare fast-track surgery (FTS) and traditional perioperative care protocols in laparoscopic gynecological surgeries, assessing their impact on length of stay (LOS), recovery time, and postoperative complications.

Methods: A case-control retrospective study was conducted at Suzhou Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, involving 167 patients undergoing laparoscopic gynecological surgery from June 2021 to June 2023. Of them, 81 patients underwent surgery based on the FTS protocol (FTS group) and 86 patients received a traditional perioperative management (control group). Patients in both groups underwent gynecologic laparoscopic procedures, including uterine, ovarian and tubal surgeries. Data were collected on general patients’ characteristics, including age, BMI, surgery type and time, intestinal recovery and out-of-bed activity time, LOS, pain levels, and postoperative complications. Wilcoxon rank sum test with continuity correction was used to assess the difference in operative characteristics and postoperative pain levels. Fisher’s exact test was used to assess the difference in overall frequency of postoperative complications between groups.

Results: Patients in the FTS group exhibited faster intestinal recovery, shorter mobilization time, and reduced LOS compared to the control group. Pain levels were significantly lower at one, six and twelve hours post-surgery in the FTS group. Overall, the proportion of postoperative complications was significantly lower in the FTS group than in the control group.

Conclusions: Implementing the FTS protocol in laparoscopic gynecological surgeries for benign conditions can reduce LOS, accelerate recovery, and minimize pain without increasing postoperative complications. Further research with more diverse patient populations is warranted to validate these findings.


How to cite this: Zhu H, Xu X. Fast-Track surgery protocol in perioperative care for gynecological laparoscopy. Pak J Med Sci. 2024;40(7):1326-1331.  doi:

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Zhu, H., & Xu, X. (2024). Fast-Track surgery protocol in perioperative care for gynecological laparoscopy. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 40(7).
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