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Table 4 Postoperative bowel function recovery of patients

From: The feasibility and safety of complete laparoscopic extended right hemicolectomy with preservation of the ileocecal junction in right-transverse colon cancer

  Ileocecal junction-preserved group (n = 23) Control group (n = 34) P value
First month after surgery
 Defecation frequency, n, median (IQR) 2.0 (1.0-3.0) 3.0 (3.0-4.0) < 0.001
 Defecation at night, n (%) 2 (8.7) 12 (35.3) 0.029
 Defecation four times or more a day, n (%) 3 (13) 14 (42.4) 0.022
Third month after surgery
 Defecation frequency, n, median (IQR) 2.0 (1.0-3.0) 3.0 (2.0-3.0) 0.004
 Defecation at night, n (%) 2 (8.7) 7 (20.6) 0.288
 Defecation four times or more a day, n (%) 2 (8.7) 8 (23.5) 0.178
Sixth months after surgery
 Defecation frequency, n, median (IQR) 1.0 (1.0–2.0) 2.0 (1.0–2.0) 0.018
 Defecation at night, n (%) 1 (4.3) 3 (8.8) 0.641
 Defecation four times or more a day, n (%) 1 (4.3) 6 (17.6) 0.223
Twelfth month after surgery
 Defecation frequency, n, median (IQR) 1.0 (1.0-1.0) 1.0 (1.0-2.0) 0.251
 Defecation at night, n (%) 0 1 (2.9) 1.000
 Defecation four times or more a day, n (%) 0 2 (5.9) 0.510