Effects of Gum Chewing on Recovery of Bowel Function Following Abdominal Surgery for Endometrial and Ovarian Cancer
Paralytic Ileus
Study Type
Study Phase
Phase 2/Phase 3
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Name: Gum chewing
Type: Behavioral
Overall Status
Following extensive abdominal surgery for the treatment of endometrial or ovarian cancer, paralytic ileus frequently develops. Gum chewing can promotes the return of bowel function through the cephalic-vagal reflex and increased intestinal enzymes secretion.

The objectives of this study are to evaluate effects of adding gum chewing to the conventional postoperative feeding protocol on the return of bowel function, its related complications, and patients' satisfaction.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: 80 Years
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Female
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients undergoing staging or cytoreductive surgery for primary endometrial or ovarian cancer at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai hospital

Exclusion Criteria:

- Perioperative hyperalimentation

- Recent chemotherapy (within 3 weeks before surgery)

- Previous bowel surgery

- Inflammatory bowel diseases

- Previous abdominal or pelvic radiation

- Need for immediate postoperative endotracheal intubation

- Need for postoperative admission to intensive care unit

- Undergoing emergency surgery with oral intake of fluid or food within 4 hours before surgery
Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Status: Recruiting
Start Date
July 2011
Completion Date
September 2013
Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai University
Record processing date
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on July 28, 2015
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