Gum chewing reduces ileus after elective open sigmoid colectomy.

  title={Gum chewing reduces ileus after elective open sigmoid colectomy.},
  author={Rob Schuster and Nina Grewal and Gregory C Greaney and Kenneth S Waxman},
  journal={Archives of surgery},
  volume={141 2},
HYPOTHESIS Gum chewing after elective open colon resection may stimulate bowel motility and decrease duration of postoperative ileus. DESIGN AND SETTING Prospective, randomized study in a community-based teaching hospital. PATIENTS Thirty-four patients undergoing elective open sigmoid resections for recurrent diverticulitis or cancer. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES First feelings of hunger, time to first flatus, time to first bowel movement, length of hospital stay, and complications. RESULTS A… CONTINUE READING