Alvimopan accelerates gastrointestinal recovery after bowel resection regardless of age, gender, race, or concomitant medication use

Anthony J. Senagore, Joel J. Bauer, Wei Du, Lee Techner

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

19 Scopus citations

Abstract

Background: Postoperative ileus is a transient cessation of bowel motility that occurs after bowel resection (BR). Alvimopan, a peripherally acting μ-opioid receptor antagonist accelerated gastrointestinal (GI) recovery in 5 randomized, double-blind, phase III postoperative ileus trials. Methods: Individual covariates (age, gender, race) were assessed separately using Cox proportional hazards models that included the main effects of treatment and covariate factor. Time-to-GI recovery (GI-3 [first toleration of solid food and first bowel movement or flatus]; GI-2 [first toleration of solid food and first bowel movement]) for patients who underwent open laparotomy for BR in the absence of epidural anesthesia and received alvimopan (12 mg) or placebo was analyzed within subgroups (age, gender, race, concomitant medication use) using Cox proportional hazards models to generate hazard ratios (HRs). P values were calculated with the Wald χ2 test. Results: Elderly (≥65 years), male, and nonwhite patients achieved GI-3 recovery later than younger (<65 years), female, and white patients (HR > 1 and P < .05 for all). Overall, alvimopan (12 mg) accelerated GI-3 recovery by 12 hours and GI-2 recovery by 17 hours compared with placebo. Within subgroups, regardless of covariate effect, patients who received alvimopan (12 mg) achieved GI-2 and GI-3 recovery sooner than patients who received placebo (HR > 1 and P < .05 for all). Conclusions: These post hoc analyses support that alvimopan (12 mg) accelerates GI recovery across various patient populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-486
Number of pages9
JournalSurgery
Volume142
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Alvimopan accelerates gastrointestinal recovery after bowel resection regardless of age, gender, race, or concomitant medication use'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this