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Table 4 Postoperative course

From: Postoperative morbidity of complete mesocolic excision and central vascular ligation in right colectomy: a retrospective comparative cohort study

  Conventional group CME/CVL group p value
n = 84 n = 71  
Duration of hospital stay (d)* 14 (8–43) 11 (6–35) < 0.001
ICU postoperative 3 (3.6) 4 (5.6) 0.703
Reintervention 3 (3.6) 8 (11.3) 0.063
Needed antibiotic therapy 14 (16.7) 11 (15.5) 0.843
Time to first mobilisation (pod)** 1.10 (0.51) (0–4) 1.13 (0.58) (0–3) 0.722
Time to first flatus (pod)** 2.62 (1.13) (1–6) 2.04 (1.06) (1–6) 0.005
Time to first bowel movement (pod)** 4.17 (1.86) (1–11) 3.37 (1.61) (1–8) 0.005
Time to normal diet (pod)* 7 (4–26) 5 (1–18) < 0.001
Delayed gastric emptying 6 (7.1) 9 (12.7) 0.246
Total length of stay of NGT (d)* 2 (1–12) 4.5 (1–14) 0.207
Urine catheter removal (pod)** 4.64 (3.02) (1–21) 3.27 (1.71) (0–9) 0.001
Drain removal (pod)* 5 (1–20) 3 (1–15) 0.002
Maximal weight gain (kg)** 4.47 (2.92) (−2–11) 3.78 (2.85) (− 2–11) 0.138
Total days with CEA* 5 (0–12) 4 (0–9) 0.029
  1. With percentages in parentheses unless indicated otherwise
  2. ICU intensive care unit, pod postoperative day, d days, CEA continuous epidural analgesia, NGT nasogastric tube
  3. *Values are median (range)
  4. **Values are mean (standard deviation) (range)