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Several Studies Show Evidence that Chewing Gum Helps After Colon Surgery

Five randomized studies have shown that chewing gum after colon surgery reduces the time it takes for patients to pass gas and have a bowel movement. Patients in the studies chewed sugarless gum from 5 to 45 minutes, three times a day after surgery.  Control groups had similar surgeries but didn’t chew gum. There was a trend toward leaving the hospital sooner, but the studies were too small to definitely show fewer hospital days for the gum chewers. Still, the study authors wrote, The potential cost savings from the reduction of even one postoperative day compared with the cost of several sticks of chewing gum are huge. During intestinal surgery,

FDA Approves Entereg to Improve Post-Surgery Bowel Function

The FDA has approved Entereg® (alvimopan) to speed the restoration of normal bowel function after intestinal surgery. However, the approval comes with a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) to be sure that the benefits of using Entereg outweigh any potential risks.  Under the REMS, the drug can only be used only in hospitals for inpatients.  Hospitals that use it must be certified and materials developed for the health care professionals who administer it.  Its effectiveness must be regularly assessed.

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