Recent studies have concluded that chewing gum after surgery could help restore bowel function more quickly. Further research is needed, but other findings are leaning toward the same conclusion.
Anesthesia and surgery disrupt the function of the bowel for a time. The trauma can make the bowel unable to pass its contents, which can then lead to pain, cramping, nausea, and vomiting. These symptoms can be especially uncomfortable following a hysterectomy.
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