Table 3

Preoperative and postoperative findings from the bowel record forms in subjects undergoing laparoscopic sterilisation (controls) or cholecystectomy (gallstones)

  • Data are presented as mean (SD) except for last two rows which are median (range).

  • WSSD (within subject standard deviation) is a measure of variability and is given because variability of bowel function is a feature of irritable bowel syndrome.17

  • 3-150 p=0.021 v before surgery.