Last updated on October 2018

The Effect of Foeniculum Vulgare Ironing on Gastrointestinal Recovery After Colorectal Resection


Brief description of study

Chinese Medicine Ironing using Foeniculum vulgare has been applied in some departments to promote bowel function recovery, but the efficacy of ironing therapy remains uncertain after colorectal resection surgery.

Detailed Study Description

Postoperative ileus is one of the most common complications after abdominal surgery. It refers to obstipation and intolerance of oral intake due to nonmechanical factors that disrupt the normal coordinated propulsive motor activity of the gastrointestinal tract following abdominal or nonabdominal surgery. When the expected period of gastrointestinal recovery time extends beyond what is acceptable, the patient is diagnosed as having a "pathologic" postoperative ileus (POI), which leads to patient discomfort, dissatisfaction, prolonged hospitalization and increased medical expenses. The incidence of POI is about 17%~24% after abdominal surgery. Chinese Medicine Ironing using Foeniculum vulgare has been applied in some departments to promote gastrointestinal function recovery as a empiric therapy. However, the definite efficacy of Foeniculum vulgare ironing therapyFITis uncertain after colorectal resection surgery and whether FIT can reduce the incidence of POI remains unkonown.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03711487

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