Novel Preoperative Patient-centered Surgical Wellness Program Impacts Length of Stay Following Pancreatectomy.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


We created a novel, preoperative wellness program (WP) that promotes recovery. This study assessed its impact on patient outcomes after pancreatectomy.

Patients and methods

Pancreatoduodenectomies (PD) and distal pancreatectomies (DP) performed from 2015 to 2018 were reviewed using our institutional NSQIP database. Patients in the WP had their medical conditions optimized and were provided with the following: chlorhexidine, topical mupirocin, incentive spirometer, and immune-nutrition supplements.


Out of a total of 669 pancreatectomy patients (411 PD, 258 DP), 308 were enrolled in the WP (188 PD, 120 DP). In the PD subgroup, on multivariable analysis (MVA), the WP patients had shorter lengths of hospital stay (LOS) (12 vs. 10 days, p<0.001). On MVA, WP patients had less post-op transfusion (20 vs. 10%, p=0.027). For the combined groups on MVA, LOS continued to be significant (OR=0.89, 95%CI=0.82-0.97, p<0.007).


A preoperative patient centered WP may reduce the length of stay.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Soufi, M; Deperalta, DK; Simpson, R; Flick, K; Yip-Schneider, MT; Schmidt, CM; Kilbane, M; Colgate, C; Kelley, KE; Wooden, W; Ceppa, EP; House, M; Zyromski, N; Nakeeb, A; Schmidt, CM

Published Date

  • April 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1895 - 1901

PubMed ID

  • 33813394

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1791-7530

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0250-7005

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.21873/anticanres.14955


  • eng