Chewing gum for postoperative recovery of gastrointestinal function.

@article{Short2015ChewingGF,
  title={Chewing gum for postoperative recovery of gastrointestinal function.},
  author={Vaneesha Short and G. M. Joselin Herbert and Rachel Perry and Charlotte Atkinson and Andrew Robert Ness and Christopher N. Penfold and Steven Thomas and Henning Keinke Andersen and Stephen J. Lewis},
  journal={The Cochrane database of systematic reviews},
  year={2015},
  volume={2},
  pages={CD006506}
}
BACKGROUND Ileus commonly occurs after abdominal surgery, and is associated with complications and increased length of hospital stay (LOHS). Onset of ileus is considered to be multifactorial, and a variety of preventative methods have been investigated. Chewing gum (CG) is hypothesised to reduce postoperative ileus by stimulating early recovery of gastrointestinal (GI) function, through cephalo-vagal stimulation. There is no comprehensive review of this intervention in abdominal surgery… CONTINUE READING
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