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Table 1 Comparison of recovery time to commencing normal liquid diet between the manual and stapled anastomosis groups after surgery

From: Comparison of hand-sewn and stapled anastomoses in surgeries of gastrointestinal tumors based on clinical practice of China

Tumor types Anastomotic methods Number of cases The normal time for liquid diet after surgery (day) ( x ¯ ±SD) t- value P- value
Esophageal cancer Manual procedure 32 8.38 ± 3.11 0.607 > 0.05
Stapler suture 64 8.02 ± 1.77