Intervention Protocol

Chewing gum for postoperative recovery of gastrointestinal function

  1. Vaneesha Short1,*,
  2. Georgia Herbert1,
  3. Rachel Perry1,
  4. Stephen J Lewis2,
  5. Charlotte Atkinson1,
  6. Andrew R Ness1,
  7. Christopher Penfold1,
  8. Steven Thomas3

Editorial Group: Cochrane Colorectal Cancer Group

Published Online: 19 MAY 2014

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006506.pub2


How to Cite

Short V, Herbert G, Perry R, Lewis SJ, Atkinson C, Ness AR, Penfold C, Thomas S. Chewing gum for postoperative recovery of gastrointestinal function (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD006506. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006506.pub2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University Hospitals Bristol Education Centre, NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle, Bristol, Avon, UK

  2. 2

    Derriford Hospital, Dept of Gastroenterology, Level 7, Plymouth, Devon, UK

  3. 3

    University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust, Head & Neck Surgery, Bristol, UK

*Vaneesha Short, NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle, University Hospitals Bristol Education Centre, Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol, Avon, BS2 8AE, UK. vaneesha.short@bristol.ac.uk.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: Amended to reflect a change in scope (see 'What's new')
  2. Published Online: 19 MAY 2014

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Abstract

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  2. Abstract

This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

The objective of this review is to examine whether chewing gum after surgery hastens the return of gastrointestinal function. The review will consider the impact of chewing gum on indicators of bowel function (time to first passage of flatus, bowel movement and bowel sounds) and on recovery (length of hospital stay and postoperative complications). The review will also consider tolerability of chewing gum and the costs and benefits associated with using this intervention.