Does Chewing Gum After Elective Laparoscopic Colectomy Surgery Decrease Ileus?

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Does Chewing Gum After Elective Laparoscopic Colectomy Surgery Decrease Ileus?

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The incidence of ileus after laparoscopic colectomy continues to pose complications for the patient, staff, and the healthcare system. Postoperative ileus remains a source of morbidity and a major determinant of length of stay after abdominal surgery. Clinicians have devised strategies that minimize postoperative ileus. Gum chewing, an inexpensive intervention, is theorized to activate the…