Resource Summary

Clinical Question:
Does chewing gum after surgery improve bowel function?

Bottom Line:
Chewing gum in post abdominal surgery patients shortens time to first flatus (by 10 hours)- time to first bowel motion (by -1/2 day)- and length of hospital stay (by roughly 0.7 days). For every five patients treated- one fewer will develop ileus. Chewing gum in non-post-surgical constipation has not been studied.

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Publication Date: 2017-3-8
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-03-31 13:39:29