Does Drinking Coffee Speed Gut Recovery Post GYN Surgery?
This study by Güngördük et al. (AJOG 2017) sought to determine if ingesting coffee after staging surgery for gynecological cancers sped intestinal recovered and decreased risk of ileus.
Randomized Controlled Trail (RCT)
114 women scheduled to receive complete staging surgery for endometrial, ovarian, cervical, or tubal cancer were assigned to either drink coffee three times a day post operation or to receive normal post-operative care without coffee (control). Mean time to flatus, defecation, and ability to tolerate food was measured. Those who consumed coffee along with receiving normal post-operative care reached those benchmarks significantly faster than those who did drink coffee. Fewer women in the coffee group experienced mild ileus than those in the control group (10.3% vs. 30.4%).
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