A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials on the use of suction drains following rectal surgery. Dig Surg 2018; 35: 482–490.

Published: 6th February 2019

Authors: Guerra F, Giuliani G, Coletta D, Boni M, Rondelli F, Bianchi PP et al.


The analysis included 760 trials from four RCTs. Drains did not reduce postoperative leak (odds ratio 0.99), reintervention (OR 0.84) or death, but did increase the risk of postoperative bowel obstruction (OR 1.61).

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