Effectiveness of Wheat Bran in Preventing Constipation of Hospitalized Orthopaedic Surgery Patients

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Orthopaedic patients hospitalized for surgery or confined to bed are at high risk for constipation. To determine if wheat bran ingestion would result in more stools, less laxative use, and a lower incidence of constipation after orthopaedic surgery, 16 orthopaedic patients were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups for 7 days. The study concluded that those experimental subjects who ate more wheat bran did have more bowel movements and requested fewer laxatives.

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