Chewing Gum Reduces Postoperative Ileus Following Abdominal Surgery

A Meta-analysis of 17 Randomized Controlled Trials

Shan Li; Yanqiong Liu; Qiliu Peng; Li Xie; Jian Wang; Xue Qin


J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013;28(7):1122-1132. 

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In conclusion, the current evidence suggests that gum chewing following abdominal surgery offers significant benefits in reducing the time to resolution of POI and LOS. However, for the subgroup of colectomy and laparoscopic surgery, inconsistent results were presented. Well-designed, large-scale, blinded, randomized, controlled trials with a placebo arm studies were urgently needed to answer the question of whether gum chewing can significantly reduce POI in different abdominal surgeries.