Gum Chewing = Faster Recovery?!

by on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 17:12
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Hmmmm…..a small clinic study was conducted to see if chewing gum after colon removal surgery would stimulate the digestive system and help patients recover more quickly.   The pilot study found that yes, patients who chewed gum recovered more quickly.   That would be great if this proves to be a successful method for post surgery recovery, when Mark was in the hospital we would have done anything to help him recovery as quickly as possible.  See story below:

Excerpt below from NBC news story:  Chewing Gum Aids Recovery From Surgery: Colon Removal Recovery Easier For Chewers

“People who have all or part of their colons removed recover more quickly if they chew gum, doctors reported in the Archives of Surgery.  According to a news release, the inability to pass food through the intestines is a common complication of surgery that costs $1 billion a year. Researchers reviewed five trials in which people who chewed sugarless gum three times a day were compared to those who did not.Patients who chewed were able to pass gas and have a bowel movement  sooner than those who did not. The authors said those patients were also able to leave the hospital more quickly, but the difference was not big enough to be sure if it was from the treatment.  They said that it is thought that chewing gum helps stimulate nerves in the digestive system.”

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3 Responses to “Gum Chewing = Faster Recovery?!”

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    bellyluv0sofine says:

    August 21st, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    I wish I had known this when I was in the hospital. I think I will bring gum when I have my pull down surgery in October.


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    Brevin says:

    February 1st, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Some random science tidbit I learned somewhere along the way: as you chew, your jaw muscles send a signal to your stomach to warm up the ol’ belly, making your stomach acids expect the food that’s about to come down. If you eat a lot of gum, your jaw is working a lot and your stomach expects the food to come, but it never does, since you don’t swallow gum. Except for that one time and you regretted it.
    You’re right Megan, this is a huge hot tip for anybody prepping for surgery.


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    Brevin says:

    September 10th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Great, now I’ll never know what Angelina Jolie had to say. Curse you, Brad Pitt! Stop limiting Angelina’s internet time!


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