Postoperative ileus after colorectal surgery is a common problem that significantly prolongs hospital stay and increases perioperative costs. The ability of postoperative coffee consumption taken after surgery, in order to produce bowel movement, is unclear and needs to be studied.
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of coffee consumption on bowel movements and duration of hospital stay after laparoscopic colorectal surgery on bowel.
This non-randomized prospective study examined a population of patients who underwent laparoscopic colorectal surgery between November 2018 and June 2019. The study sample consisted of 51 patients, including the experimental group (25 patients who consumed , coffee-consuming) and the control group (26 patients). The first bowel sounds, the first flatulence and defecation times and duration of hospital stay were examined in this study. The study followed first bowel sounds, flatulence, defecation and duration of hospital stay. There was a statistically significant (p<0.021) difference between the experimental group and the control group, when the first flatulence (13.8 times/h) and defecation (14.8 times/h) times were examined. However, the results were not significantly different between the groups despite the earlier start of the first bowel sounds heard (2.5 times/h) and the shorter duration of hospital stay (mean 1.1/day) in the experimental group , these results were not significantly different between the groups (p>0.05).
Postoperative Coffee consumption after surgery, is believed to be an effective, enjoyable, easy and economical method for increasing bowel movements after surgery effective, enjoyable, easy and economical and is likely to be added to rapidfast recovery protocols in the future. Further studies with on larger samples will confirm this.