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The effect on gastrointestinal system functions, pain and anxiety of acupressure applied following laparoscopic cholecystectomy operation: A randomised, placebo-controlled study


The aim of this randomised, placebo-controlled, 3-way blinded study was to determine the effect on GIS symptoms, pain and anxiety of acupressure applied for a total of 12 min, as 3 min at each of the ST25, CV12, TH6, and HT7 acupuncture points, at 0, 4 and 8 h after laparoscopic cholecystectomy operation. The research data were collected using a patient data collection form, the Numeric Pain Intensity Scale and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. The patients were evaluated in respect of the time to first flatus and defecation, pain and the State-Trait Anxiety points at 0, 4, and 8 h postoperatively. The application of acupressure was determined to have signficantly reduced acute postoperative pain and shortened the time to defecation (p < 0.05). The application of acupressure can be recommended in the nursing interventions following laparoscopic cholecystectomy to reduce acute pain and shorten the time to defecation.

Soylu D, Tekinsoy Kartın P.

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2021 May;43:101304. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2021.101304. Epub 2021 Jan 9. PMID: 33540298.

Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1744388121000037?via%3Dihub

Akupressur: Ma25, Ren12, SJ6, He7

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