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Acupuncture for preventing complications after radical hysterectomy: a randomized controlled clinical trial

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Title

Acupuncture for preventing complications after radical hysterectomy: a randomized controlled clinical trial

Journal Publication

Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM

Date

2014

volume

2014

pages

802134-

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Acu + Usual Care Versus Sham + Usual Care
Electroacupuncture
TCM Acupuncture Style
Fixed Acupuncture Protocol
Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only
Superficial Needling Depth
Non Specific Acupoint Control
Bladder Dysfunction
Ureterovaginal Fistula
Pelvic Discomfort

Abstract

We aimed to investigate the preventive effects of acupuncture for complications after radical hysterectomy. A single-center randomized controlled single-blinded trial was performed in a western-style hospital in China. One hundred and twenty patients after radical hysterectomy were randomly allocated to two groups and started acupuncture from sixth postoperative day for five consecutive days. Sanyinjiao (SP6), Shuidao (ST28), and Epangxian III (MS4) were selected with electrical stimulation and Zusanli (ST36) without electrical stimulation for thirty minutes in treatment group. Binao (LI14) was selected as sham acupuncture point without any stimulation in control group. The main outcome measures were bladder function and prevalence of postoperative complications. Compared with control group, treatment group reported significantly improved bladder function in terms of maximal cystometric capacity, first voiding desire, maximal flow rate, residual urine, and bladder compliance, and decreased bladder sensory loss, incontinence, and urinary retention on fifteenth and thirtieth postoperative days. Treatment group showed significant advantage in reduction of urinary tract infection on thirtieth postoperative day. But no significant difference between groups was observed for lymphocyst formation. By improving postoperative bladder function, early intervention of acupuncture may provide a valuable alternative method to prevent bladder dysfunctional disorders and urinary tract infection after radical hysterectomy.

doi

10.1155/2014/802134

Frequency of Treatment

>1/WK

Time in Treatment

5 Days

has health condition studied

Pain

has study population number

120

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