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Research Article

Postoperative Footsteps and Outcomes - A Pilot Study

Benoit Romain1*, Martin Hübner2, Cécile Brigand1, Jean-Philippe Steinmetz1 and Serge Rohr1

1Department of Digestive Surgery, Strasbourg University, 1 Avenue Moliere, Strasbourg, France

2Department of Visceral Surgery, University Hospital CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland

*Corresponding Author:
Benoit Romain
Department of Digestive Surgery, Strasbourg University
1 Avenue Moliere, 67000 Strasbourg, France
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Received March 15, 2016; Accepted April 28, 2016; Published April 30, 2016

Citation: Romain B, Hübner M, Brigand C, Steinmetz JP, Rohr S (2016) Postoperative Footsteps and Outcomes - A Pilot Study. Gen Med (Los Angel) 4:239. doi:10.4172/2327-5146.1000239

Copyright: © 2016 Romain B, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Background: Early physical activity is one of the key components of enhanced recovery programs. Recovery after surgery remains difficult to quantify. In this pilot study, we assessed feasibility of connected bracelets measuring number of footsteps each day during the postoperative course. Then, early postoperative physical activity was compared by age and correlated to postoperative complications.
Materials and Methods: Daily physical activity (No. of footsteps) was recorded from postoperative day (POD)1 until discharge in a prospective cohort of consecutive colorectal patients by use of an attached strap. Physical activity was compared between old (> 65y) and young patients and correlated to postoperative complications.
Results: A total of 30 patients were included in this prospective pilot study. Physical activity increased steadilyin the early postoperative course from 545 ± 489 steps on POD1 up to 1177 ± 1385 steps on POD3. No significant difference was found comparing younger with older patients (p = 0.47). Patients without complications trended to have higher activity levels throughout the early postoperative period (POD 5: 1154 ± 368 vs. 739 ± 219; p = 0.03).Increased physical activity (POD1+2+3) correlated with shorter length of stay (R2 = 0.28, p = 0.0031).
Conclusions:Physical activity increased steadily in the postoperative course regardless of age. Increased number of footsteps was associated with no complications and reduced hospital length of stay. Connected bracelets deliver an objective measure reflecting recovery and predicting outcomes. 

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