Sumary of Chewing gum after cardiac surgery may accelerate the return of gut function:
- Chewing gum after heart surgery may kickstart the digestive tract, helping patients feel better and potentially be discharged sooner than those who don’t use this generally safe and simple intervention, according to research presented today at the 18th Annual Perioperative and Critical Care Conference from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
- Prior to our study, there were no previously published studies looking at the use of chewing gum in cardiac surgery patients, but we found that it may accelerate the return of gut function.
- ” Sirivan S. Seng, MD, Resident Physician, Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania Dr. Seng and colleagues studied patients from Crozer-Chester Medical Center who received elective open heart surgery, aortic valve replacement, or mitral valve repair/replacement.
- One group comprised 341 patients who underwent surgery from 2017 to 2020 and took part in the sugarless chewing gum protocol after their operations.
- A second group, which included 496 patients, received similar heart surgeries between 2013 and 2016, but did not chew gum after their procedures.
- This brief shutdown of the digestive system is among the more common complications following heart surgery, occurring in up to 5.5% of patients, Dr. Seng explained.
- Related Stories”An underappreciated concern after cardiac surgery is the development of an ileus or a slow return of bowel function,” said Rakesh C.
- “The notion that something as simple as chewing gum after heart surgery could minimize this problem is highly appealing.