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Chewing Gum and its Role in Surgeries

Dhivya Venkatesan, Seetesh Ghose

Keywords : Bowel recovery, Chewing gum, Postoperative ileus

Citation Information : Venkatesan D, Ghose S. Chewing Gum and its Role in Surgeries. 2023; 12 (1):7-10.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10085-9123

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 20-07-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Background: To know the effects of chewing gum and its effects on recovery on different types of surgeries. Objectives: Several strategies and interventions have been tested to prevent or reduce postoperative ileus (POI), both pharmacological and non-pharmacological. One of these strategies is gum chewing, a new and simple modality, which can accelerate complication-free recovery of gastrointestinal (GI) function. Here we review several studies on chewing gum and its effects on recovery after different types of surgeries. Methods: Studies from commonly searched databases like PubMed, Google Scholar, Scopus, Lilacus, and Cochrane Library with the following search terms, ‘chewing gum’ and ‘postoperative ileus’. A total of 49 articles were obtained in total and only 15 were taken for review after taking into account the study criteria. Conclusion: Gum chewing is reducing the time for flatus, time for bowel movement, and the length of hospital stay. Its role in various surgeries has different results.

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