Research

Does Chewing Gum Hasten Return of Bowel Function Post-operatively In Patients Following Spinal Surgery? A Prospective, Randomized Controlled Trial

IRB Number: 13141

Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery

May 08, 2014

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Principal Investigator

Russel C. Huang, MD

Co-Investigators

Grant D. Shifflett, MD
Joseph  Nguyen, MPH

Summary

This study is being done to compare the effect of chewing gum on the return of bowel function in a group of patients undergoing spinal surgery with a group of matched controls that do not receive any chewing gum

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion
 Adults age > 18 years
 Males and females
 Patients undergoing the following spinal surgeries
 Posterior lumbar decompression 2+ levels
 Posterior fusion with instrumentation 1+ levels
 Anterior lumbar interbody fusion +/- posterior decompression +/- instrumentation and fusion
 Extreme lateral interbody fusion +/- posterior decompression +/- instrumentation and fusion
Exclusion:
 Pediatric patients
 Trauma patients
 Allergy to chewing gum components

Contact Information

Grant D. Shifflett, MD
shifflettg@hss.edu
212.606.1466



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