The Role of Exercise in the Quality of Life in Patients After Pancreatectomy: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial

Anastasios Katsourakis, Ioannis Vrabas, Vassilios Papanikolaou, Stylianos Apostolidis, Iosif Chatzis, George Noussios


Background: Pancreatic resection is still a challenging operation characterised by high morbidity. The quality of life in patients after pancreatectomy is a critical outcome. The aim of our trial is to prove whether or not exercise has any benefit to the life of these patients.

Methods: The study was an open-label, randomized clinical trial. The patients were selected according to the Consolidated Standard of Reporting Trials criteria. The study was registered at the International Standard Randomized Controlled Trial registry (ISRCTN) with the study ID ISRCTN1087174. The study was approved by the Bioethics and Deontology Committee, Medical School of Aristotle University, Thessaloniki (ref: 166/29.10.2015).

Results: Once the allocation and the follow-up were completed, 21 patients in the exercise group and 22 in the control group were analyzed. There was no statistical difference between the two groups regarding co-morbidities and disease characteristics; however, the quality of life and the total status of health were superior in the exercise group.

Conclusions: Exercise can improve the quality of life in patients after complex operations like pancreatectomy.

J Clin Med Res. 2019;11(1):65-71



Aerobic exercise; Pancreatectomy; Quality of life; Clinical trial; Random allocation

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