HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support and Information
Advertising Info HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support Tutorial

Go Back   Hysterectomy HysterSisters > Hysterectomy Recovery Articles

HysterSisters Articles for Hysterectomy


Restoring Bowel Function with Chewing Gum after Hysterectomy

From the Hysterectomy Recovery Articles List

Restoring Bowel Function with Chewing Gum after HysterectomyCan chewing gum help restore post-op bowel function?

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.

The Department of Gynecologic Oncology at Tepecik Education and Research Hospital in Izimr, Turkey, conducted a study to determine if chewing gum shortly after an abdominal hysterectomy would hasten the return of bowel function following surgery to minimize uncomfortable and dangerous symptoms. As part of the study, half of the participants were asked to chew sugarless gum three times a day for thirty minutes. Though the study was small, only 149 patients, the results are promising. There were significant differences between the women who were asked to chew gum and those who were not--the majority in the gum chewing group experienced fewer symptoms and a shorter hospital stay.

A few years ago, ScienceDaily reported that Sanjay Purkayastha, B.Sc., M.R.C.S., and colleagues at St. Mary’s Hospital, London, analyzed some studies involving chewing gum after abdominal surgery. They, too, reported that there was evidence of significant bowel benefits. According to them, "Gum chewing is thought to act as a kind of 'sham feeding,' stimulating nerves in the digestive system, triggering the release of gastrointestinal hormones and increasing the production of saliva and secretions from the pancreas." Based on their analysis, they recommended further research be done to learn more about chewing gum and its postoperative benefits.

Another recent surgery was conducted with women undergoing gynecologic laparoscopic surgery. That study conducted by the Department of Obstetrics, Klinikum Klagenfurt am Woerthersee, Klagenfurt, Wien, Austriaalso, confirmed that those who chewed gum in the initial hours after surgery had beneficial effects on their bowel mobility.

Based on existing research, chewing gum during the early postoperative period may be an inexpensive means of hastening bowel function following surgery. It seems to be a well-tolerated treatment with minimal side effects. As such, you should ask your doctor if you can try chewing some sugarless gum following your hysterectomy to see if it will help quicken the return of your bowel function.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

10-24-2013 - 04:00 PM


Do you have a question?

If you have a medical support question related to this article, come JOIN US in our HysterSisters Community Forums. You will receive helpful replies to your questions from our members. See you there!

HysterSisters Free Hysterectomy Booklet

What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy with pages of information, helpful tips and hints to prepare and recover from hysterectomy. Free download for members.

HysterSisters Articles

Options to Hysterectomy
Treatment Alternatives
Pre-Op Hysterectomy
Post-Op Hysterectomy
Separate Surgeries
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Pelvic Floor
Separate Surgeries
Fitness after Hysterectomy
GYN Cancer
Breast Health
Grief and Loss
Uterine Fibroids
GYN Genetics
Hysterectomy Stories
Ask A Doctor

Find a Surgeon

HysterSisters Doctor Directory
Mayra J. Thompson, M.D.
5323 Harry Hines Blvd Dept OBGYN
Dallas TX 75290
Joseph S. Valenti, M.D.
2805 S. Mayhill Road
Denton TX 76208
940 591-6700
Theresa Holladay, M.D.
War Memorial Hospital Women’s Health
509 Osborn Blvd., Suite 120
Sault St Marie MI 49783
Lori Warren, M.D.
3900 Kresge Way
Suite 30
Louisville KY 40207
Caren C Reaves, M.D.
Caring for Women
2805 S. Mayhill Rd
Denton TX 76208
Siobhan Kehoe, M.D.
Gynecological Oncology Clinic - SW Med
2201 Inwood Road Suite 106
Dallas TX 75390
Ellen Wilson, M.D.
5323 Harry Hines Blvd - Dept of OBGYN
Dallas TX 75390
Antonio Gargiulo, M.D.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston MA 02115
Eric Grossman, M.D.
903 Sheppard Road
Voorhees NJ 08043
(856) 772-2300


Hysterectomy News

August 10,2020


HysterSisters Takes On Partner To Manage Continued Growth And Longevity
I have news that is wonderful and exciting! This week’s migration wasn’t a typical migration - from one set ... News Archive


Calendar - Hysterectomies - Birthdays

Request Information

I am a HysterSister


Featured Story - All Stories - Share Yours


Your Hysterectomy Date

CUSTOMIZE Your Browsing