Update of complications and functional outcome of the ileo-pouch anal anastomosis: overview of evidence and meta-analysis of 96 observational studies

Int J Colorectal Dis. 2012 Jul;27(7):843-53. doi: 10.1007/s00384-011-1402-6. Epub 2012 Jan 10.


Objective: The objective of this study is to provide a comprehensive update of the outcome of the ileo-pouch anal anastomosis (IPAA).

Data sources: An extensive search in PubMed, EMBASE, and The Cochrane Library was conducted.

Study selection and data extraction: All studies published after 2000 reporting on complications or functional outcome after a primary open IPAA procedure for UC or FAP were selected. Study characteristics, functional outcome, and complications were extracted.

Data synthesis: A review with similar methodology conducted 10 years earlier was used to evaluate developments in outcome over time. Pooled estimates were compared using a random-effects logistic meta-analyzing technique. Analyses focusing on the effect of time of study conductance, centralization, and variation in surgical techniques were performed.

Results: Fifty-three studies including 14,966 patients were included. Pooled rates of pouch failure and pelvic sepsis were 4.3% (95% CI, 3.5-6.3) and 7.5% (95% CI 6.1-9.1), respectively. Compared to studies published before 2000, a reduction of 2.5% was observed in the pouch failure rate (p = 0.0038). Analysis on the effect of the time of study conductance confirmed a decline in pouch failure. Functional outcome remained stable over time, with a 24-h defecation frequency of 5.9 (95% CI, 5.0-6.9). Technical surgery aspects did not have an important effect on outcome.

Conclusion: This review provides up to date outcome estimates of the IPAA procedure that can be useful as reference values for practice and research. It is also shows a reduction in pouch failure over time.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anal Canal / surgery*
  • Anastomosis, Surgical / adverse effects
  • Colonic Pouches / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology*
  • Sepsis / etiology
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome