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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