Alvimopan is associated with decreased length of stay for both open and laparoscopic segmental colectomy.


Department of Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. Electronic address: [Email]


Alvimopan has been shown to reduce length of stay after bowel resection. Use remains variable among institutions due to cost and efficacy concerns in laparoscopic surgery. Additionally, alvimopan's effects have not been isolated from other medications within enhanced recovery protocols. The aim of this study was to distinguish the relationship between alvimopan use, length of stay, and cost in both open and laparoscopic segmental colectomies.