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Table 3 Comparison of surgical outcomes between the drain and no drain groups in the matched cohort

From: Laparoscopic gastrectomy with and without prophylactic drains in gastric cancer: a propensity score-matched analysis

  Drain (n = 145) No drain (n = 145) P value
Postoperative complications ≥grade II*, n (%) 28 (19.3) 16 (11.0) 0.071
Postoperative complications ≥grade III*, n (%) 8 (5.5) 3 (2.1) 0.218
Initiation of soft diet, mean ± SD, days 6.3 ± 7.4 4.9 ± 2.9 0.036
Postoperative hospital stay, mean ± SD, days 15.7 ± 12.9 13.0 ± 6.3 0.023
  1. *Clavien–Dindo classification