The measured outcomes were: length of stay (LOS), complication rate, readmission rate, compliance with ERAS protocol elements and recovery parameters (tolerance of early oral diet, mobilisation and time to first flatus). Results: Group 1 (colon) consisted of 150 patients and Group 2 (rectum) of 82 patients. There was no statistical difference between the two group based on other demographic parameters such as ASA scale, BMI and the stage of cancer. Patients in Group 1 were discharged home earlier than in Group 2-median LOS 4 vs. 5 days respectively (p¼0.046). There was no statistical difference in complication rate (27.3% vs. 36.6%, p¼0.14), severity of complications according to Clavien-Dindo classification (p¼0.58) and readmissions (7.3% vs. 6.1%, p¼0.72). Compliance with the protocol was 86.9% and 82.6% respectively (p¼0.07). However, in Group 1 the following procedures were used less frequently: bowel preparation (24% vs. 78.3%) and postoperative drainage (23.3% vs. 71.0%). There were no differences in recovery parameters between the groups: tolerance of an oral diet on the 1st postoperative day (76.7% vs. 68.3%, p¼0.17), mobilisation of a patient on the day of surgery (90.7% vs. 82.9%, p¼0.09), time to first flatus (1.8 ± 1.4 vs. 2.1 ± 1.9 days respectively, p¼0.64). Univariate logistic regression showed that the type of surgery (OR 1.89, 95% CI 1.10-3.27), drainage (OR 3.42, 95% CI 1.95-5.99), bowel preparation (OR 2.81, 95% CI 1.63-4.86) and stoma creation (OR 2.70, 95% CI 1.38-5.28) prolonged LOS significantly. In a multivariate logistic regression model only a bowel preparation (OR 2.24, 95% CI 1.19-4.20) and drainage (OR 2.85, 95% CI 1.54-5.28) were shown to be significant. Conclusion: Although functional recovery and high compliance with ERAS protocol is possible irrespective of the type of surgery, laparoscopic rectal resections were associated with a longer LOS Disclosure of interest: None declared.
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