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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-29

Early mobilization following gastro-intestinal and gynecological cancer surgeries: A clinical trial

Department of Oncology Physiotherapy, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Renu Pattanshetty
Department of Oncology Physiotherapy, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Nehru Nagar, Belagavi - 590 010, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijptr.ijptr_17_20

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Context: There has been an increase in the incidence of gastrointestinal and gynaecological cancers and advancement in surgeries has made surgical treatment more for these participants more feasible. Aim: To evaluate the effect of structured early mobilization programs in postoperative gastrointestinal and gynaecological cancer patients on 30second chair stand test, functional assessment of cancer therapy-general (FACT-G) and length of hospital stay. Settings and Design: This was a clinical trial conducted at tertiary care hospital on gastrointestinal and gynecological cancer patients. Materials and Methods: Participants diagnosed with gastro-intestinal (n = 23) and gynaecological (n = 17) cancers who underwent surgery were included in the study. Lower extremity strength was assessed using 30 s chair stand test and the quality of life (QOL) was assessed using the FACT-G Scale. Length of hospital stay was noted from the postoperative day 1 till the day of discharge. Statistical Analysis Used: Wilcoxon Test and Spearman's rank correlation coefficient test were used for analysis. Results: Early mobilization program in postoperative gastro-intestinal and gynecological surgery participants showed improvement in the lower extremity strength in terms of 30 s chair stand test (P = 0.001). Moreover, improvements were also observed in the components of QOL viz., physical (P = 0.004), social (P = 0.041) and functional (P = 0.004) components. Conclusion: The study findings demonstrate improvement in lower extremity strength in terms of 30 s chair stand test and QOL according to FACT-G.

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