Effectiveness of P6 acupoint electrical stimulation in preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting following laparoscopic surgery

Aik Hoe Yeoh, Tang Suet Ping Shereen, Norsidah Abdul Manap, Wan Rahiza Wan Mat, Shuraya Said, Muhamad Rahimi Che Hassan, Raha Abdul Rahman

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Background/aim: The effects of pericardium 6 (P6) electrical stimulation in patients at risk of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) following laparoscopic surgery were evaluated. Materials and methods: Eighty patients for laparoscopic surgery with at least one of the determined risks (nonsmoker, female, previous PONV/motion sickness, or postoperative opioid use) were randomized into either an active or sham group. At the end of surgery, Reletex electrical acustimulation was placed at the P6 acupoint. The active group had grade 3 strength and the sham group had inactivated electrodes covered by silicone. It was worn for 24 h following surgery. PONV scores were recorded. Results: The active group had significantly shorter durations of surgery and lower PONV incidence over 24 h (35.1% versus 64.9%, P = 0.024) and this was attributed to the lower incidence of nausea (31.4% versus 68.6%, P = 0.006). The overall incidence of vomiting was not significantly different between the groups, but it was higher in the sham group of patients with PONV risk score 3 (23.9%, P = 0.049). Conclusion: In patients at high risk for PONV, P6 acupoint electrical stimulation lowers the PONV incidence by reducing the nausea component. However, this reduction in nausea is not related to increasing PONV risk scores.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620-625
Number of pages6
JournalTurkish Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting
Acupuncture Points
Pericardium
Laparoscopy
Electric Stimulation
Nausea
Incidence
Motion Sickness
Silicones
Opioid Analgesics
Vomiting
Electrodes

Keywords

  • Acupoint electrical stimulation
  • P6
  • Postoperative nausea and vomiting

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Effectiveness of P6 acupoint electrical stimulation in preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting following laparoscopic surgery. / Yeoh, Aik Hoe; Shereen, Tang Suet Ping; Abdul Manap, Norsidah; Wan Mat, Wan Rahiza; Said, Shuraya; Che Hassan, Muhamad Rahimi; Abdul Rahman, Raha.

In: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 46, No. 3, 2016, p. 620-625.

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