Gum Chewing Reduces Risk of Post-Operative Ileus after Colorectal Surgeries: A Randomized Control Trial

Gum Chewing Reduces Risk of Post-Operative Ileus after Colorectal Surgeries: A Randomized Control Trial

Postoperative ileus is not uncommon after abdominal operations. Various strategies have been devised to minimize postoperative ileus. Gum chewing is postulated to activate the cephalic-vagal reflex, which is usually enhanced by food, leading to increased production of gastrointestinal hormones.