Table 2: Outcomes of the studies included in the meta-analysis.

MortalityPostoperative complicationPrimary anastomosisSuccessful primary anastomosisStoma ratePermanent/last f-u stomaAnastomotic leakInfectious complication

Alcantara et al.+++++++
Arezzo et al.++++++++
Cheung et al.+++++++
Ghazal et al.++++++
Ho et al.+++++++
Pirlet et al.++++++++
van Hooft et al.++++++++