Simple technique reduces post-op pain in gastric cancer

Extensive lavage brings unexpected benefits, report researchers

Extensive lavage during resection of peritoneal metastasis from gastric cancer increases safety and reduces short-term complications, a study shows.

surgeons in operating theatre

Chinese researchers randomly assigned 550 patients with advanced gastric cancer to D2 gastrectomy with or without extensive peritoneal lavage at 11 centres between 2016 and 2017.

In the treatment group, lavage was performed 10 times using one litre of physiological saline each time, the authors write in JAMA Surgery.

The surgery-alone group underwent no more than two lavage