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

IRB Number: 2014-065
not enrolling new patients

May 08, 2014

Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery

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Principal Investigator

Russel C. Huang, MD


Grant D. Shifflett, MD
Joseph  Nguyen, MPH


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

• 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
• Pediatric patients
• Trauma patients
• Allergy to chewing gum components

Contact Information

Grant D. Shifflett, MD